London photographer tackles issue of teenage self-harming

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London photographer tackles issue of teenage self-harming

Jude Wacks, a photographer from Willesden Green, aims to raise awareness of self-harm through her emotive exhibition.

 

'Best Years Of Your Life' features a group of sixth-form students, photographed up close with their arms crossed, showing some of their scars.

 

Mother to a teenage daughter who self-harmed for a number of years, Jude is very aware of the damage the illness can cause.

 

Motivated by her own personal experience, she aims to bring the mental illness into public conversation, helping young people and those around them confront the issue face on.

 

Alongside the photographs, various everyday items used by the children to self-harm are on display at the exhibition, including knives, hair straighteners and the blades from pencil sharpeners.

 

Jude also lays out a series of letters and messages written by the young people, who explain what exactly they experience while hurting themselves.

 

The intimate exhibition is open to the public at the London College of Communication, UAL, Elephant & Castle, from Wednesday May 30th to Saturday June 2nd.

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