A N H E D O N I A
The pandemic has brought the topic of mental health to the fore, and for many men, a subject that was once taboo, is thankfully getting more attention. ANHEDONIA comprises 18 images of men from diverse backgrounds, and of various ages, in bold candour, shot by renowned photographer Marc Hayden.
Anhedonia is a core symptom of major depressive disorder, and it can also be a symptom of other mental health disorders. Those who experience anhedonia lose interest in activities they used to enjoy, and have a decreased ability to feel pleasure. Colour therapy is an alternative therapy, used as a way to help people heal, simply by using colours to affect the person’s mental or physical state. Marc spoke with each of the men involved with his project, and used the discussion of colour as a theme running through the portraits. Having his own experiences with mental health issues, Marc felt a strong connection to the project, and a self-portrait features.
The uniform black top worn by each of the men, presents each individual portrait with the same importance across the spectrum of colours used in the images. They are no longer hidden in the shadows and the portraits are bold, illuminating, and thoughtful. Each experience is unique, but a common thread of hope, vulnerability and strength, runs through each portrait.