Alba Diaz (b.1996) is a Spanish documentary photographer based in London. She is currently pursuing a Master in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, UAL. Alba's work focuses in both, social and...
“Self-stigma occurs when individuals with mental health problems recognise the negative attitudes that exist among others, endorse this views, and believe that they are personally applicable, thus causing a loss of self-esteem”.
(Corrigan & Watson, 2002)
The project The Colours of my Shame is a personal journey based on the self-stigma I suffered, when I was diagnosed with depression – specifically during and after my admission into a psychiatric hospital at the age of fourteen. The work consists of multilayered pieces of glass. It is an experimental process that uses Eva Heller’s colour psychology theory and colour separation process. Using this theory as a framework, it represents the emotions I felt in specific locations and circumstances, particularly moments in which social stigma and isolation were most pronounced. Moreover, the project aims to re-think the concepts, definitions and media misrepresentations of people diagnosed with depression – resulting in an alienation that has occurred throughout history – through the emotions experienced when I felt stigmatised.