This project is focusing on people who have a little known condition called Trypophobia - documenting their ‘immediate’ reaction when exposed to a particular type of image. 

These images include rotting tree trunks, holey cheese and the lotus seedpod. The condition is a claimed pathological fear of holes, particularly irregular patterns of holes, best represented in certain types of photographs which amplify the effect. The medical world hasn’t yet embraced the phobia as real. It isn’t listed in any major dictionary or in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. There are scientists working on investigate the visual elements behind this phobia. But thus far, most of their research has focused on identifying what types of images set off these reactions rather than why.


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