te amo / je t’aime / i love you

Depression is something that touches so many people. Even when we are lucky enough not to be afflicted with it, we all know and love people who are or have been.

In Alvy Carragher’s poem “te amo / je t’aime / i love you” the sense of growing apart from someone you’ve known your whole life is palpable. We all have people in our lives who we lose contact with for one reason or another, but when it’s family and it’s depression, it takes on a whole other level of tragedy.

I created this animated film for her poem on and off over a couple of months. It was my first attempt at doing a 2D computer animation using Photoshop’s timeline feature. The side-scroller feel to the animation is as much a necessity as a creative choice, but it seemed appropriate in capturing the tone of the poem.

Alvy’s debut poetry collection will be launched on the 13th of June, 2016 in the Irish Writer’s Centre on Parnell Square.