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A series of portraits representing each individual through the eyes of their "monsters," showing how despite being such a universal topic, mental illness is so specific to each individual.


Photographer Nicole Melillo created a safe space when working with each subject to discuss their relationship with mental illness, then designed their monster based on their experiences.

In the same style of the short film, each monster design is scratched into the portrait's film negative to represent how mental illness is not a defining characteristic of a person, rather a part of their whole.

This is an expanding series open to display and collaboration.
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