Deviant Login Shop
 Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour
About Photography / Student Member Jenna19/Female/South Africa Groups :iconfantasy-feathers: Fantasy-Feathers
Recent Activity
Deviant for 2 Years
Needs Premium Membership
Statistics 92 Deviations 4,599 Comments 11,347 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

free counters


  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: The Fray

I'm sure all of my watchers have noticed the multitude of black and white images I've been uploading over the past few days. I feel like the images don't really have as much of an impact without the reasoning behind them, hence this journal entry: 

My theme for this fine-art series was a comment on how social media tends to romanticize various forms of mental illness – for example, portraying sadness and depression as something ‘beautiful’ or ‘quirky’, despite the fact that depression has one of the highest death rates of any mental illness. As a way of breaking this way of thinking, I decided to portray the adverse side to mental illness – using the environment as a physical manifestation of the inner destruction and decay affecting a person's mind and body. 

C83C6380 by LensReflex descent by LensReflex C83C6404 by LensReflex C83C6398 by LensReflex waiting for the end by LensReflex C83C6378 by LensReflex C83C6383 by LensReflex C83C6382 by LensReflex C83C6390 by LensReflex C83C6405 by LensReflex

It was quite an experience to be able to get into this abandoned space - still full of unused medical equipment and the like. It was abandoned in 1996 due to short staffing, and although plans were made in 2006 for it to be refurbished as a fully-functioning hospital once again, the plans fell through. There are a whole lot of stories revolving around this hospital that I personally didn't want to read before going in there because it would have freaked me out too much just knowing what had happened in there. But I have an immense love for abandoned spaces and this was probably one of the greatest photoshoots I've ever had the privilege to do! I only wish we'd been given a little more time to explore other areas of the hospital and take more photographs... the guards were very adamant on only letting us have an hour to snoop around, even with an escort. 

I have three final layered edits for this series as my hand-ins, which I'll probably upload in a day or two. 

I really wish I knew about more derelict/abandoned spaces in my province! I'm dying to do more shoots like this in future EXO : Giddy Kai 


LensReflex's Profile Picture
Artist | Student | Photography
South Africa
:camera: About the photographer: :camera:

I've had a camera in my hands since I was ten years old, and I've never been able to see myself doing anything else with my life (unless you count my wanting to be a paleontologist when I was seven). My main interests lie in wildlife, documentary and portrait photography. Formally studying my passion full-time has caused me to push the boundaries of the medium itself, and as one of my lecturers so eloquently put it: "If you become comfortable with where you are as a photographer, sell your camera and start doing something else."

:camera: What I do: :camera:

Portraiture (both studio and environmental), documentary and wildlife, as well as beginning to branch into event and fine art photography. In my spare time, I'm an amateur novelist and practice art as a hobby (painting and pen-work mostly). I'm also an avid reader, with more books in my possession than items of furniture and clothing combined.

:camera: Long term goals: :camera:

:bulletred: Branch into professional documentary work
:bulletorange: Travel as part of my career
:bulletyellow: Do work for Time, National Geographic or Getty Images
:bulletgreen: Backpack across the world

:camera: Ultimate dreams: :camera:

:bulletred: Create social awareness through my documentary work
:bulletorange: To have one of my works featured on the covers of Time or National Geographic



Instagram: @echoesofsummer


Instagram: @jennaleahphoto

AdCast - Ads from the Community




Add a Comment:
triple-E-comic Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Cain and Abel : Thanks for the watch!
LensReflex Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Photographer
You're Welcome Speech Bubble 1 - Beemote You're Welcome Speech Bubble 2 - Beemote 
triple-E-comic Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Cain and Abel : Thanks for the Llama!
Abel : If you have the time you can drop an eye over our comic if you haven't already *smiles wide*
Dwarf4r Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Thank you so much for the faves.Hug :D (Big Grin) 
LensReflex Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Photographer
You're always welcome! :tighthug:
Dwarf4r Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
So are you my are you.Big Hug 
Dwarf4r Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Thank You Hearts Sign for the Favorites Icon 3D Favorites Icon 3D Favorites Icon 3D Hug :D (Big Grin)
LensReflex Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Photographer
Tard Box Free avatar You're Welcome Speech Bubble 1 - Beemote You're Welcome Speech Bubble 2 - Beemote 
Dwarf4r Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Big Hug Love 
BlackBowfin Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey and hello there.  You faved this weird clump of words:  Watching Weeds Grow. I'm here to thank you and hand you this:  :highfive:.  Have an awesome weekend.  :)
Add a Comment: