Lisa Budny

Hidden Affliction


This project explores the realities of living with fibromyalgia. It's an affliction that has many symptoms and causes widespread pain. This series shows the affects fibromyalgia has on people who suffer from it by depicting its symptoms. This series provides an understanding to those who don't know what fibromyalgia is and its affects on its sufferers.
I am currently completing my fourth and final year of my Bachelors degree at Massey. I enjoy photographing landscapes, still life and product photography as well as portrait photography as this is my passion. I also enjoy graphic design and book making.
Bachelor of Design (Hons) Photography
Fibromyalgia is like carrying a huge weight, it's physically and emotionally draining. This image represents the struggle and burden of fibromyalgia.
Like a nail shooting through your skin fibromyalgia has often been described as a sharp burning sensation, like standing on a sharp pointed object.
This photograph represents the intense sensation similar to having a tight band around your arm or a dead limb.
Fragility is commonly used by people who have fibromyalgia to describe how their bones feel, the slightest pressure can feel like they’re crumbling.
Symptoms of this affliction cause widespread sharp pain throughout the body, like clenching your hand around a shard of glass.