There seems to be such a stigma behind crying; from a young age, we’re known as weak if we cry, playground taunts of being called a ‘cry baby’ establishes in us that crying is something we should supress. A large majority of my generation’s parents have been raised in a society where one should not express feelings of sadness, particularly in men, crying is for the weak – “men should be strong and stable and provide to their loving wife”. I feel this has been passed down from generation to generation. Only recently I feel that expressing our emotions and crying has become a lot more acceptable and encouraged. Society is changing but there is still a long way to go. In terms of Australia there is definitely a positive shift, but look at some other countries in the world and you see little to no progression. In creating this series, I wanted to reach out and encourage people to let out those supressed emotions. Crying is not weak, it represents strength, courage and the transition to healing. The series was also a form of self-expression for myself, letting out my own tears that have been supressed through my adolescence.