Scott Typaldos

2010 - Ongoing


Butterflies is a long term and global project on mental illness

In Ancient Greece, drifting souls were often represented by

butterflies symbols. This was a direct link to Psyche, the soul goddess, who was similarly depicted with delicate Lepidoptera wings. When looking for a title for my work on the mental condition, I wanted a word that elevated the individuals I had met above the stale socially created traumas and stigmatisations which had ruined their lives.The word “Butterflies” soon imposed itself as an image of a delicate but radiant state of being. A description of freedom constantly terrorised by the outside world and an unstable condition made splittable by a misplaced caress. This soul vulnerability constantly immersed in fear became my main obsession while

photographing the men and women waiting in institutions or healing centers.


In their cages, enslaved by chains, past the other’s

indifferent abuse, apparent animals are holding onto a dying humanity. Others are dreaming of freedom through the ingestion of a primal state. All of them estranged from me but faintly linked by a raw matter that took me to them.

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