Many people devalue the term ‘Insomnia’ and use it to represent one or two nights bad sleep but this is far from the harsh reality. Insomnia is most often thought of as both a medical sign and a symptom that can be characterised by a persistent difficulty to fall asleep and/or stay asleep or sleep of poor quality.
Insomnia is typically followed by the inability to function at a reasonable capacity while awake. It can lead to memory problems, depression, irritability and an increased risk of heart disease and even hallucinations and automobile related accidents. Despite the potential seriousness that comes with Insomnia, it is from Holly’s experience that doctors are fast to dismiss a young person with Insomnia and blame the problem on environmental factors rather than the patient having an actual disorder.
It was out of frustration of being ignored and not taken seriously that this project was produced, as a photographic response and therapeutic method of taking frustrating endless nights of failure to sleep and turning it into something productive.