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Photographer Imagines Life Filled with Anxiety and Mental Illness

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What are you looking at? Everything is completely fine. Absolutely normal. Nothing to see here.

Diving into psychosis and perception, John William Keedy imagines life with mental illness in his series It’s Hardly Noticeable. The protagonist of his images lives an anxiety-filled life, highlighted by strange habits and nagging compulsions. From carefully copying lines in a newspaper to forever cementing puzzle pieces together, the subject’s everyday life feels thrown into disarray or at least made unnecessarily difficult. Keedy does not wish to alienate concepts of mental illness in these photos, but question the notion of “normal” altogether. All of us have secrets and habits that would appear eccentric to others, but It’s Hardly Noticeable suggests perhaps our desire for normalcy is just another neurosis.

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