Hi and welcome to my blog!
I am a fine art photographer located in Oslo, Norway and I am a mother, wife, artist, dog owner, fog hunter and I’m also Bipolar. In 2013 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and I found it very hard to come to terms with the fact that I will probably struggle with this for the rest of my life.
I read all I could find about Bipolar Disorder, and as crazy as it sounds the photographer in me wanted to know how this illness actually looks like in my mind. I started to visualize everything I felt and the images started to form. Honesty was important to me when I started this project so I decided to only use myself and my children as models.
After working on the project for a couple of months I decided to start sharing the work on social media. It was nothing but terrifying and it made me feel naked and vulnerable. Maybe sharing this was a mistake? What if I’ll be judged and people in my community will start talking about me behind my back? Luckily none of that happened (well, I can’t be entirely sure when it comes to the talking behind my back-thing). The response was great and I received emails from people around the world who wanted to thank me for sharing this work. This made it all worth it. When I became ill I had to quit my job in the it-department of a large security company, and my self-esteem was very low. Finally I was doing something that matters again, and maybe even help other people.
Today my whole life revolves around photography. It is without doubt the most effective therapy for me. In my darkest moment it pulls me up and out of bed, it distract me from destructive thoughts and provides me with a feeling of accomplishment. I don’t know where I would be today if it wasn’t for my photography. Art is truly an excellent form of therapy.
On this blog I will write about my life and my art. I will explain how I create my images and the whole creative process.
Stay tuned and I will post more soon!
Check out my website www.marenklemp.com to se my portfolio.