Weapon of Choice: the invisible scars of emotional abuse can last a lifetime.
"The Weapon of Choice Project was conceived by photographer ©Rich Johnson to provide a visual demonstration of the power of verbal abuse, and it’s meant to provoke a conversation about the problems of domestic violence, child abuse, and bullying.”
"When interviewing subjects about the pain they suffered, Johnson found that in general, physical abuse and emotional abuse were both weapons that the offender chose to use. However, when it came to verbal abuse and bullying, Johnson explained that many people have a “sticks and stones” attitude, not paying tribute to the actual harm that it does to a person. Johnson felt that if people could see these photographs and see the “emotional abuse” in the physical form, more people may take this issue more seriously." - fstoppers
"We presented each participant in the Weapon of Choice Project with a list of hurtful words, and we asked them to choose a word that had significance to them (some volunteered words we didn’t [have on our list]). At first, they were just words on list. But as each participant chose a word — the word that would be painted on their body and captured in a photograph — the words took on much more significance." - petapixel
They will be adding new images to their gallery each day in May, and they will encourage productive conversation on their Facebook page.
all images ©rich johnson - spectacle photo