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Daniel Regan is a photographer and arts facilitator whose practice focuses on themes of mental health, well-being and recovery. Daniel studied photography at both BA and MA level at Brighton University and London College of Communication, respectively. During these periods he examined both his own role as a mental health service user as well as the benefits of the artsfor those affected by emotional difficulties. A key focus of Daniel’s work is using photography as a tool for creative expression and self-exploration,combining creative tasks with periods of reflection to empower project participants.

During a decade long period of living with chronic mental illness Daniel used his diaristic approach to photography as a method for managing emotional difficulties. In 2013 he further investigated his relationship with photography as a recovery tool and produced Insula, a curated book of images representing the cyclical and chaotic nature of living with mental illness. In 2014 he produced Fragmentary, an exhibition of images investigating the dual perspectives of both the patient and clinician, by pairing archive self portraits and elements of his own mental health records. Daniel continues to use photography in this way to document daily life and navigate uncomfortable emotional terrains.

Daniel’s soft and personable approach has enabled him to successfully work with various marginalised groups such as burns survivors, alopecia sufferers and an array of mental health service users from all backgrounds and ages. Daniel has worked with various charities to create powerful imagery representing their beneficiaries. His four-year project with charity AlopeciaUK saw him use portrait photography as a way to rebuild fractured identities for those affected by the hair loss condition. This long-term project culminated in major exhibitions across the UK (including at the World Congressfor Hair Research) and the publishing of Alopecia Uncovered with art psychotherapist Jennifer Chambers.

Daniel regularly runs arts workshops, inviting participants to learn photographic skills and create their own visual narratives by exploring complex personal issues through image making and bookbinding.

As an advocate for breaking down the stigma of mental health Daniel runs Fragmentary.org, a web platform for photographic artists exploring mental health through their practice. Daniel also organises events such as artist talks and exhibitions around mental health and emotions, including co-ordinating a monthly peer support group for artists living with or exploring mental health within their practice. See more at:

www.danielregan.com

www.funnytimeofyear.com (visual diary)

www.fragmentary.org


Twitter @funnytimeofyear

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