I’d had this image in my mind for a while.

It represents another significant moment in my photographic journey as it was the first time I created an image inspired by how I felt inside… a storytelling photograph.

I was scared shooting it and reluctant to post it online as it was so different to what I had been previously producing and I was wary of being judged.

But it turned out to be a hugely liberating experience.

The fear I’d held was soon replaced by a sense of no longer feeling alone or isolated… people could relate to what I was saying and not only that, I had found a new way of expressing myself artistically.

I no longer had to bury everything inside.