This project asked gay and bisexual men from our community to submit an image and a small piece of text that reflected their mental health or wellbeing in some way. We would then print their image using a technique known as cyanotype that uses sunlight to develop an image almost like a shadow. We thought this technique which is all about exposure, was an interesting metaphor for how men struggle to discuss their mental health openly. The submissions have been really interesting snapshots of the lives that gay and bisexual men lead and we’ve had a deserve range from individuals’ memories, photographs of safe spaces, and small gestures which have made a difference to their lives. We hope from this project that we begin a conversation. A conversation that makes men in our community feel able to speak more openly about their experiences but also brings their voice to life for World Mental Health Day.
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