Depression can be caused by an overwhelming sense of emotion or no emotion at all. The stories behind depression are varied and complicated, often incredibly difficult to describe to outsiders. Janelia Mould-Cheeky Ingelosi attempts to show, instead of tell, the story of depression through her haunting collection of self-portraits, collectively titled, “Melancholy—a girl called depression.”

Janelia is a fine art photographer from South Africa. Her work is often described as twisted and bizarre, and yet it's based upon the inner workings of her mind.

Janelia writes, “The character in this series has no face and sometimes has missing limbs, firstly, so that anybody that either suffers from depression or has dealt with it in some way, can identify with her.”

1. Forgotten

Somebody asked me if I knew you.
A million memories flashed through my
mind, I just smiled and said:
‘I used to’.

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“Secondly, to keep the viewer’s attention on the feelings often experienced through depression, like emptiness, hopelessness and not recognizing oneself anymore,” writes Janelia.

2. Uninhabited

“Maybe we feel empty because
we leave pieces of ourselves
in everything we used to love.”
– R. M. Drake

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“This series goal is to bring a voice to those who suffer from this debilitating condition and also to create awareness.”

3. It's Complicated

"From the outside looking in, its hard to understand. From the inside looking out, its hard to explain."

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4. Withering Away

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5. Dangling

“Why can’t I try on different
lives, like dresses,
to see which one fits best?”

-Sylvia Plath

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6. Barren

"Some days, I feel everything at once. Other days, I feel nothing at all. I don’t know what’s worse―drowning beneath the waves, or dying from the thirst." -Janelia Mould-Cheeky Ingelosi

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