Based in eastern Poland, Corpus Vertebrae (Michalina Wozniak) is a self-professed “photographer and dead soul.” Like dark haikus, her minimalist images plunge straight to the soul. Women wear skulls, beetles, and masksâ€”images of death and transformationâ€”signalling their submergence into a symbolic state of fathomless emotion. Using her work as a means of expressing her experience ofÂ mental illness, Corpus Vertebraeâ€™s portraits show us a world that hangsÂ between the cruel phases of mania and depression. Telling their secrets to our hearts, theyÂ bravely speak of the kind of pain that is too-often endured in obscurity and solitude.
Images Â© Corpus Vertebrae Via Dark Beauty