RESOUNDING SILENCE Resounding Silence (2016) This series started out as a personal expression of needing more quiet moments in my life amidst the increasing turmoil of being a parent. Yet, I knew from the beginning that it was more than just normal everyday struggles that I was experiencing. The images in this series ultimately express how my relationship with my son feels as he is gradually diagnosed with depression, anxiety and a severe mood disorder. I came to the realization that I had been alone, in the darkness on how to manage this. My son has always loved swimming, diving and splashing in the ocean waves and depths. It is a source of therapy for him until the darkness set in and then he began to have a hard time facing the same waters that reflect the fear, disquiet and darkness back at him. His true nature is animated, creative, contemplative and inventive yet the darkness of anger, fear and sadness comes in from the corners of his mind to control, overshadow and disrupt an otherwise joy filled childhood. Being in the water parallels his experience of going into a depressed state which we call 'taking a dip.' With mental illness still holding so much stigma, we have lived in silence. As I learn more about it and am more open to expressing my struggle, I am learning to find peace and hope moment by moment in our unfolding new reality.