Jasmine Blanchard

Jasmine Blanchard is currently a Photojournalism and Documentary Photography student at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, UK. In this series Blanchard aims to illustrate the feelings of anxiety to bring greater understanding and awareness to the disorder.

What attracted you to photography? How long have you been photographing for?

I have always loved being artistic. When I was younger I loved taking photographs on my Dad’s camera, after a while I got my own and I would take photographs of anything and everything because I was so passionate.

What brought you to choosing anxiety as the subject of your work? Do you have a personal relationship with anxiety?

As someone who has dealt with anxiety myself and also knowing many people who have also dealt with it, I wanted to bring this subject into the light and show people that even though you can’t necessarily see it, it is there.

What was the inspiration behind your work?

I researched into this subject a lot before I began to shoot, my main inspiration for my images was Steph Wilson’s series on anxiety. The way her images showed the issue in a more positive light, unlike many images I had seen before.

What do you hope your viewers take away from the work?

At first sight I wanted people to find my imagery beautiful but intriguing. After looking more closely, I would love people to begin to understand what having anxiety can be like.

What are you working on now?

At the moment I am working on expanding this series but also bringing together other ideas for future projects.