Some are overlaid with text, some are black and white. Many are self-portraits of the artist, 16-year-old Rachel Galvan, with various effects or distortions applied, meant to offer a glimpse into her struggles with mental illness.
Accompanying the images are Galvan’s artist statements about her photography journey, mental health, and healing, with affirmations for anyone who might be struggling.
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A rising junior at the Rochester Alternative Learning Center, Galvan uses photography to explore her own experiences and spread awareness about issues that are important to her.
In addition to her images in the skyway, another project on chemical dependency is on display at ALC.
A photo from Rachel Galvan’s project about mental health, currently on display in the skyway near the Hilton Doubletree. (Contributed photo / Rachel Galvan)
Galvan said the goal of her work is to