Butler, Kristin M.
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“Only one question came to my mind when trying to explain my work to you: How can I describe my video Intersections without giving away every important detail of the story? Instead of introducing the narrative to you, I offer you a look into how my past has influenced the final version of my video. Throughout my four years at Kalamazoo College, I have battled a rough bout of depression. I became almost completely emotionally unstable my junior year, and I came close to leaving school to take some personal time off. However, I found strength within myself and fought through the depression while staying in school. My art became a way for me to express and release my emotions and feelings. I spent many Friday nights alone in the darkroom developing photos to get my mind off reality. It was then I found salvation in my work. A few months later, I created a person documentary about my struggles with depression. For a moment, I was able to reconcile my feelings of sadness. Through the editing process, I was able to reflect on my past and openly express my thoughts; personal filmmaking became a form of therapy for me. And now, a year later, happy and self-confident, I present to you my SIP. Intersections explores my summer spent alone in a big city, focusing on all the emotions I went through while there. My camera became my therapist, but it was not until I started editing a few months after my return that I was able to make sense of all the paths I explored during my summer in the city.”