Letters to a Dead Man is a visual dialogue of my thoughts and emotions of the time spent with my ex-boyfriend.
The on and off relationship followed a pattern of abusive behaviours from my partner; with him often threatening to end his own life if I wasn’t intimate with him, as well as lying, emotional manipulation and mind games. This photo series serves as a reflection of everything that happened to me that shouldn’t have, and a way of letting myself come to terms with what happened and letting myself heal.
The project addresses three years of rules I had to follow, morals that I compromised and emotional scars that I’m still trying my best to cover up. The images, combined with my own words* written at the time of the final separation, retell the repetitive and confusing narrative of my own train of thought during the cycles of abuse and heartbreak.
*“I still look for you in everything
maybe one day I won’t
maybe one day someone will touch me
and I’ll want it
maybe one day I won’t be asking if you were the thing that filled my empty spaces
or the thing that made them empty in the first place
maybe one day I can live without your lifeline around my neck
I still feel it tugging
maybe it’s a reminder that you’ll always follow me
maybe it’s a whisper letting me know that I’ll always belong to you
maybe one day I can belong to myself again.”
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