1st Place 2021 / People

Prozac

  • Prizes
    Gold in People/Self-Portrait, 1st place winner in People
  • Photographer
    Arseniy Neskhodimov

Since I was 20, I has been prone to depression. Finding antidepressants unhelpful, I decided to get out of Moscow and find somewhere I could be happier, chronicling my own experiences. But the depression followed me. People imagine that depression is like ordinary unhappiness, only more so. It isn’t. And the things we typically do to cheer ourselves up can’t be relied on as treatments. I tried a change of scene to get away from my troubles, but to no avail. I think depression has to be understood and treated as an illness, although I am not sure how.

I am Moscow-based photographer. I have been working as a portrait photographer for since 2008. Basically I work with magazines. Since 2016 I have been working on my self-portrait project.