A estimated 18% of the United States adult public suffers from a diagnosable anxiety disorder. 8.7% have specific phobias, including common ones like claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces), agoraphobia (fear of crowded or open public spaces), or acrophobia (fear of heights).
There are also those ailed by more peculiar phobias, often centered around particular objects. In collaboration with VSCO, collage artist David Delruelle selected a group of these rare fears to illustrate in black and white.
The artist was given ten days to complete a set of eight images, each based around one specific diagnosable phobia.
Delruelle himself has not fallen prey to anxiety, but tasked with getting inside the mind of those who have, he did grow to understand a bit why someone might fear seemingly mundane items. Although he had great fun with the project from start to finish, he was able to relate to trypophobia (fear of holes). “I have to say I find them pretty disturbing,” the artist says.