I explore other people's fears through their words and my visuals. The fear themes run the gamut and include failure, losing a child, the impulse to jump off high places, escalators, dying alone and needles. Participants in this project include neighbors, family members, colleagues, students and people I've never met.
Since starting this project in 2012, I have become much more aware of how pervasive fear is in this world. I think often about how fear can be either crippling, or a driving force to motivate people to move past it. This project has resonated strongly with people, I've discovered — simply because of how deeply embedded fear is in most of our daily lives. Everyone can relate.
If you'd like to send me a fear, please do so by filling out the form below. Because of the number of fears I receive, I can't guarantee I'll illustrate it, but I'll do my best. Please know that I read through every single fear I receive, and I respect your privacy.
Julie M. Elman