ART 3470: Digital Photography 1
Digital Prints; 11in x 14in
20 photo series
I took inspiration from the book “Go Ask Alice”. The book is an anonymous diary of a teenage girl who struggles with drug addiction. She doesn’t have many friends and her family ends up moving in the beginning of the book. She starts fresh at a new school and meets some people who later invite her to a party. She takes her first drug, LSD (Acid), at the party and feels welcomed by the people there. Soon after she felt a sense of belonging when she did drugs with those people. Her life started getting out of control and she got into doing harder drugs like Heroin an Crack and she went down a deep dark path of drug addiction and even prostitution. I wanted to steer away from making my series about people using drugs recreationally. Instead of using drugs that are typically used recreationally such as: LSD, MDMA, Cocaine, Marijuana, etc; I researched the top 20 most popular psychiatric drugs prescribed in the US. I wanted to dig further into drug addiction and focus on some mental illnesses that can lead to drug addiction such as depression and anxiety. Each photo in the series is titled as a mental illness drug with the scientific name followed by the brand name, for example; alprazolam (Xanax). In each photo you can see a human with the chemical structure of the drug in their titles floating around them. I wanted to express the drugs in a unique way while keeping the theme of mental illness present.