📷 The photography of Justin Lawson is displayed at Jacob Edwards Library for the month of January. Helen Boyle photo.
“Many beautiful people have a disturbing sense of self-worth and through my art, they worked up the courage to try and crack through their walls of depressions, anxiety, and insecurities and let some light shine through.” -Justin Lawson, Artist’s Statement
SOUTHBRIDGE — Jacob Edwards Library offers a monthly exhibit of artwork on the building’s main level. Each month brings a new experience of discovery for patrons; some featured artists have a lifetime of professional work and name recognition, while other artists have their first exhibit ever at the library.
The January 2019 display is likely different from any other past exhibit. The display is photographer Justin Lawson’s first public exhibit. The images are both striking and disarming, with a theme of depression, anxiety and the many other mental health struggles that plague so many people. In each photograph, a figure that could be zombie, monster, human or some combination thereof is set in a stark industrial setting. Citizen Chronicle photographer Helen Boyle attended the exhibit opening Thursday, Jan. 3, and took the photos shown below.
Lawson’s Artist’s Statement is as follows:
“My name is Justin Lawson and photography has always been my passion. Whatever it be wild birds or images that capture dark emotions. The current project I am working on is just that, dark. Many people battle invisible forces and often battle them alone. In my photos, you as a viewer may see a beautiful feminine body. However, my subjects, unfortunately, see themselves as some kind of monster battling hidden inner demons. My images try and capture beautiful people that see themselves through the ugliest of glasses. Many beautiful people have a disturbing sense of self-worth and through my art, they worked up the courage to try and crack through their walls of depressions, anxiety, and insecurities and let some light shine through. I’m proud of the work I’ve done and I am proud of the people that believed in themselves and trusted me to showcase their pain in the most beautiful, purest, vulnerable and rarest of ways.”