These images are part of an ongoing series on chess, and the intense mental strain under which it puts its players. This intangible pressure is often accentuated compositionally, by the rigid opposition of black and white; attacker and defender; winner and loser. It is a wonderful subject to photograph, as the players are always oblivious to the camera – no matter where in the world they are playing.
Every one of us will be touched by mental illness at some point in our life, either directly or through someone who is close to us. Head Talks believe there is no single path to mental wellbeing and that people can be helped in finding what works for them through information, inspiration and discussion.
By hosting short talks with psychiatrists, academics, yogis, authors, meditation experts, politicians, nutritionists, those who have struggled with and met the challenge of mental illness, and many others with a keen interest in the mind, Head Talks wants to enable each of us to build our own personal toolbox to support mental wellbeing and stay mentally fit.
By bringing these thoughts and discussions into the open, they aim to help lift the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
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