Growing Pains visually explores dysthymia, a persistent, chronic depressive disorder. The symptoms of dysthymia linger and find their way into integrating feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and depression into everyday life.
Dysthymia and depression are debilitating, so much so that, while others around us explore new things, continue to grow and prosper, and blossom into the people they dreamed they would become, we feel bound to painfully witness as we stagnate. Sometimes the growing pains we feel are the ones we fail to experience first hand.
To the onlooker, the model’s hair is beautiful and special. However, the hair holds a history of experiences, traumas, and time passed. It has become so long that it obscures her face and prevents people from really connecting with the person beneath. She recognizes the beauty of the world around her but is detached and removed from reality.
Creative Director: Amanda Tran
Assistant Creative Director and Model: Melanie Nguyen
Buyer: Alex La
Photographer: Jordan Abraham
Videographer and Lighting Assistant: Kathleen Burgess
Makeup: Kathy Nguyen
Hair: Justin Chean
Stylist: Jenny Bang
Set Decorator: Zerlina Lac
Set Assistant: Maya Fettes, Miri Kang