California State Mental Hospitals, 2014 - ongoing
In 2014, I started an ongoing study of the mental health system in California. In an attempt to understand why my family did not receive adequate support to address my brother’s mental instability, I visited several mental health facilities to examine the foundation and inner-workings of these institutions. Visiting the rundown infrastructures, led me to document these structures to draw attention to the broken system with an ongoing photographic series, California State Mental Hospitals, addressing our ineffective antiquated mental health care system. To capture the timelessness and contemporary aspects of the structures, I used a medium format Hasselblad camera with interchangeable film-backs to examine the architecture in both color and black and white. During this process I was able conclude that the lack of mental health support for my brother was not an isolated incident but a much broader systemic issue in the United States of America.