Every now and then in life you come across people with such amazing stories that you find it difficult not to share it with the world, Joe is one of those people. I met Joe nearly three years ago now during a weird moment in both our lives; Joe was going through a severe battle with depression and I was dealing with my own personal hardships too. This commonality and unspoken understanding created a unique bond between us and Joe instantly became one of those life-long friends, someone I could call up on a whim to chat or hangout. During my TV documentary class in University I had the challenge to tell an editorial story for one of my final projects and I knew instantly that I wanted to reach out to Joe to see if he would open up and share his life experience candidly through a lens. Luckily, he did.
Below are still images from the "set" (AKA Joe's badass loft) taken during the filming of the short online documentary created by me and two of my colleagues / friends at school. I hope you can take the time to step into Joe's shoes for a few minutes and gain a better understand of his story because he's not the only one who has to face these uphill battles on a consistent basis. On a day like today it's important to remember that you're never alone and there are always people ready to support you and help you overcome whatever you may be facing, just remember that reaching out isn't a sign of weakness, but instead , it's truly a sign of bravery.
Here is the final documentation that came out of this project:
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