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My name is Heston, I have struggled through depression since my late teens.
This is an invisible illness, as those suffering, usually hide the turmoil they are in and the constant burden they carry.
People see me as a normal, happy everyday person..., but in my heart, the pain is ever so severe, pushing me down all the time.
I found that one way to help me cope with this illness is my perseverance to train, play sports and be a part of self-defence classes. Without these activities in my life, I would probably be more lost in my path than I am today.
I wouldn't say I have completely recovered because life always throws curveballs, however, it is within ones courage and strength, that they can accept what has dwelled upon them and eventually, overcome it. For me this is a way to channel my life, and my thoughts in a positive direction.
This photograph represents the very essence of my hidden struggle and false impression, of how I really feel, and what I show to the outside world. It shows both main aspects of my personality. The outer, visible being, riding on top, shows my false happiness and fulfilment. The inner me, straining below, shows the true pain and struggle of my true self and what is happening to me at the same time.
Model: Heston Hawe
Photography: Werner Kaffl
Art Director: Werner Kaffl
Many thanks to Snap Fitness Wellington for allowing us to shoot in their Studio.