Hoarders
I started the "Hoarders” photography series in 2016. Through this series, I  strive to demonstrate the hoarder's psychological state of mind by capturing their bizarre living conditions. After shooting over twenty individual cases of hoarders, I was able to identify two common traits among them: Firstly, all hoarders share a crippling fear of loss. Secondly, they lack a sense of security in their lives. Both traits can perhaps be attributed to past experiences. In most cases, individuals are either unaware of the abnormal environment in which they dwell or feel powerless towards their situation.   
For majority of the cases, the hoarders’ actions have had serious repercussions on their own lives and those of family members living with them. The hoarders exhibit a distinct lack of insight into their hoarding habits. After interviewing each case subject and hearing about their past experiences, I was able to gain a deeper understanding as to why they are compelled to hoard. While society can be quick to view these people in a negative light, I have come to see that they are greatly misunderstood; in fact what they need the most is our care and support. 
What is it that causes hoarders to be terrified of loss and be so lacking in a sense of security, that they feel compelled to seek relief through the act of hoarding? Hoarding has long been a neglected mental illness. It is currently unknown if the act of hoarding can be classified as a specific illness or merely a symptom brought on by some other illness. Be that as it may, there is no doubt of the extreme stress this habit exerts on a person at both a physical and psychological level.
囤積者
《囤積者》"Hoarders" 系列攝影專題,從2016開始創作至今,我試圖拍攝囤積者的居住空間,呈現他們的心理狀態,拍攝了二十幾個案例之後,總結了兩個共同特質:一是囤積者本身是因為極度害怕失去;其次是囤積者極度缺乏安全感。這些所有的連結都是因為他們曾經有過的生命經驗。囤積者可以沒有自覺在這樣的居住環境下生活著,或是對囤積這件事到感到無能為力,甚至多數已經嚴重影響了自己或是家人的居住品質,完全無所謂的「病識感」。在深入訪談了解他們的生命經驗後,對應了他們的居住空間,有了合理的連結,反思後也了解到無論是家人或是社會大眾上對這件事的誤解,他們需要的其實是關懷和有效的協助。
是什麼原因導致囤積者的害怕失去及極度的缺乏安全感,需要藉由囤積大量物品達到保護自己的目的,囤積者的狀態長期以來是一個被忽視的症狀,目前尚不清楚強迫性囤積症是否是一個孤立的病態,還是一種從其他病症影響而成的症狀,但不管如何,在心理層面或居住空間的表象,都是一項重大而艱鉅的工程。
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