The Loneliest Place is in My Head
I always felt like an outsider, like I didn’t quite mesh with the people around me. I found myself feeling lonely in a place I’m supposed to call home. I grew weary of the repetitious disconnect, and absence of belonging. I left my home country in an attempt to find a fresh start – I wanted to meet new friends in hostels, and do crazy things that would later make a great story at the dinner table. I wanted to walk down the streets of Barcelona with a bottle of 2 euro sangria in my hand, and the formerly absent feeling loneliness left in the shadows behind me. But I was in for a rude awakening – I guess when you’re introverted and shy, the desolation will follow you anywhere. Leaving home took me on a journey to the realisation that the loneliest place is in my head.
In a personal quest to tackle her own anxiety and introversion, The Loneliest Place is in My Head explores the artists’ isolation after she left her home in Australia to move to Berlin. Tackling an increasingly relatable sentiment, the series finds tranquil moments which combat the otherwise pessimistic feelings toward solitude, in an attempt to reframe it as a comforting experience.
I am a photographer originally from Melbourne, but have since moved to Berlin as I find Europe to be much more visually stimulating and inspiring. My introduction to photography began when I was 13 years old, and my parents gave me their old Minolta SLR from the 80s. I grew up to dabble in digital photography, but eventually realised that there was nothing that felt quite the same as looking at a photo that was taken on film. With no formal photography education, I was able to teach myself technical and creative knowledge from a young age, which enabled me to find my own personal style without the constraints of university. I moved from Melbourne to Berlin in January 2016, and have spent most of my time exploring new territories and getting to know my surroundings.
all images and text © Georgia Sheales