Hopkins, who has been diagnosed with a mood disorder and has spent time in a psychiatric ward for treatment, knows all too well what it's like to constantly battle and struggle with negative emotions and the "inner demons" of depression. In one of his photo series, Hopkins helps to illustrate to the public the experience of depression, and helps those who have been similarly affected find art that they can relate to, endorsing a sense of community rather than isolation.
You can see more of his work here: "23 Photos That Nail What It's Like To Have Depression" , as well as at Christian Hopkins Photography on Facebook.
"“Instead of trying to create a cool image,” Christian says, “I made each photograph represent a manifestation of some specific demon that I needed to purge from myself before its corruption became unbearable. It’s the pain that drove me. It was the pain that inspired me. Ultimately, my photography became a form of therapy..."
Christian found it incredibly relieving — creating an image based on a haunting emotion and staring at it through his photography. He felt liberated; almost as if he finally was in control of himself.
“Creating this image and knowing that I have the control to choose what it looks like,” Christian explains. “To decide whether it’s happy or sad, positive or negative. I choose what it looks like, and it’s my choice. That control was the therapy for me. It gave me a sense of closure, even."'