Journal Entry No. 21

By Quinton Mulvey

June 27, 2019

Transparency In Expression – a visual story by Quinton Mulvey accompanied by a literary excerpt inspiring his approach to work, interpersonal relationships, mental health and other parts of life.

Photographed by Quinton Mulvey.

Words by Adrienne Rich, from On Lies, Secrets & Silence, 1966.


“An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word ‘love’ — is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other. It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation. It is important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own complexity. It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us…


…It isn’t that to have an honorable relationship with you, I have to understand everything, or tell you everything at once, or that I can know, beforehand, everything I need to tell you. It means that most of the time I am eager, longing for the possibility of telling you. That these possibilities may seem frightening, but not destructive, to me. That I feel strong enough to hear your tentative and groping words. That we both know we are trying, all the time, to extend the possibilities of truth between us. The possibility of life between us.”


Quinton Mulvey 
23, Triple Pisces 
From: Upstate New York 
Lives: Los Angeles 
Immersed in: Sweat puddling in the crater between his nose and upper lip, the permanence of others’ written words



The Forme & Sens journal is curated by Tiana Petrullo in collaboration with a beautiful community of contributors who have offered to share their personal experiences with mental health. To encourage a contribution of the most raw and real experience, minimal guidance has been given. All stories have been willingly shared and written to reflect what is personally most prevalent to the writer. Together we offer knowledge, awareness and acknowledgement.