A Hull To Hold The Waves At Bay considers the subject of mental health and howwe manage it. It is a journey of self-exploration that contemplates our interaction withour surroundings and how we reduce the impact of our symptoms.
Inevitably my own experiences are intertwined amongst the stories of the subjects.The time spent making the photographs allows for conversation and informs a morecollaborative approach.
The series presents a culmination of the momentary calm, the warmth and thefleeting clarity afforded by these coping strategies juxtaposed with the difficulties andfrustrations encountered along the way.
Elliott Cole (b.1985)is a photographer based in the United Kingdom working on documentary-based and research-led projects that focus on social and environmental issues.
His recent work has centred around subject matters including mental health and our relationship with the natural world, marginalised communities and the environment. As well as pursuing his own self-initiated projects, he works both editorially and commercially – his work has been published in publications such as The Guardian, Boneshaker and Huck, and commercial clients include KPMG and Rolls Royce. He received a BA in Photography from Nottingham Trent University in 2009, and is currently pursuing an MA in Photography at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).