“Whenever I was depressed, I always felt like I had two separate lives,” photographer Liz Obert explained to The Huffington Post. “One that people saw everyday and the one that could barely get out of bed in the morning. For years I struggled with how to make this into art.”
Through “Dualities,” Obert seems to have found an answer to her problem. The photographic series showcases two types of portraits. One shows her subjects as they’d prefer to be seen, gleefully dressed in formal wear or leisurely playing a guitar. The second shows the individuals as they appear in a state of depression, holed up in an apartment or hidden behind a pair of deafening speakers. Beneath each image is a handwritten caption detailing the experiences of each state of mind. “The result is two images of each person, one up and one down,” Obert proclaims.