OUTCAST : This work is about the feeling I sometimes have when nobody accepts me, when I feel I'm losing my place in society. Slowly falling down until I hit the floor.
I wish people would be more accepting towards each other, but still too often people are attacked for simple things as being gay or being born in a different family, not being white.
In these moments I see people being treated as an outcast of a society that pushes them out of their safe places, thrown away like garbage.
Title : OUTCAST
Loneliness in my projects
When you read the title of this article, what did you read? Did you read that everybody is telling the boy he is not alone? Or was it that everybody is telling the boy that they are not alone themselves?
For me feeling alone is a fact of life we probably all have to deal with from time to time. While growing up everybody will develop their own way of dealing with loneliness. Some people turn out to actually really like it, but not me. I hate it, I have always hated it and I will most likely never stop hating it.
I guess when I grew up, I just spend to much time feeling alone.
But let's be honest, nobody should feel alone in a world filled with people. For me it is a small sign that society is failing. On so many occasions I see people feeling left out, forgotten and alone. This can only be possible when people aren't taking care of the people around them. Especially with young people it is strange if they grow up feeling alone, but I did. It is already complex enough to grow up with so many difficult decisions you have to make about your future and who you are or want to become. The loneliness isn't helpful in this proces....it sure as hell doens't make it any easier.
With the rise of the digital age, people tend to only look super visual to the world around them. Social Media makes us believe the life of people around us is close to perfect, always fun and most of the time a lot better than our own. But when I look at Social Media, I often see or feel the images that people didn't maken, or didn't post. I see the stories of loneliness, sadness, insecurity and hidden emotions that they didn’t write or post about.
Sometimes I’m surprised other people don’t see this. It is almost like people don’t want to see this, like they don't expect others to be alone, insecure or sad. Maybe it is because they try to hide this from the world themselves.
This loneliness is also visualised in the two photos that are included on this page. The root of loneliness lies in different causes, but very often in someone's mind.
But when I talk with people about loneliness… everybody says I’m not alone.
UNBALANCED : Sometimes choices in life are like new doors being opened, while others are being shut. Sometimes it's a matter of choices, but when you are alone in a dark place you can get stuck.
Leaning on yourself, you might be blocking the only way out all by yourself.
Only by letting go and by finding balance for the door inside yourself, you are able to free your mind. A door can only be opened and closed if it is put in the right and balanced position.