Hmmm. Ya know....
Circular reasoning only proves that the question asked has gone unanswered... claims of fait accompli notwithstanding. And the suddenness appears to be your creation alone, as I can find no other online reference to mental illness or insanity attributable to Ms. Maire. And certainly none related to the quantity of photographs she made. Or never got around to developing.
Do you have privileged access to medical data of which everyone else is unaware? Or are not privileged to disclose publicly? Otherwise, just exactly how did you come to your determination, given that the poor woman has been dead now for four-plus years? Perhaps you knew her?
N.B. At best what you are proposing would seem to be a raw hypothesis, not a theory. In general scientific usage, a theory would be "a well-confirmed type of explanation of nature, made in a way consistent with scientific method, and fulfilling the criteria required by modern science."* Based on what you have related here thus far, I don't believe you're quite there yet. Especially with that pesky "well-confirmed" part...
As for your attempt at amateur psychoanalysis:
She made photographs for how long- 50 years? That averages out to 2000 a year. Less than 170 a month, less than 40 a week, less than 6 a day. What's extraordinary about that? Adams made over 40,000 negatives in his lifetime, the majority with a view camera. Nobody speculates about his soundness of mind for taking so many.
I've sometimes exceeded her average monthly output in a day, when the subjects warranted it. Even more often over a weekend. That's five 36 exposure rolls of 35mm film. And that's with very little bracketing. Many here have done the same. Is it so hard to conceive that she shot 17 rolls of 120 in a month? 40 pictures a week? How many of us have regularly gone out with our 35mm cameras to take pictures for several hours and did not have at least one extra 36 exposure roll?
She had a passion for photographing. That doesn't make it a mental disorder.
She chose to photograph with her spare time. Some people spend hours gardening. Some do woodworking. Some have model railroads, or make toothpick models of the Eiffel Tower. Some restore or customize cars. Some listen for hours to their high-end sound systems.
Some just sit on their asses in front of the TV. Or the computer.
Originally Posted by nimh.nih.gov
Mental disorders are severly under diagnosed and even more seriously under treated. But they are over stigmatized. I don't have the time to address the various falsehoods in this thread but I did read them. I only wanted to call out the most egregious. I see this was the totally wrong place to discuss this serious issue. Guys next time you see a news story about someone who "had it all" and committed suicide and everyone is "shocked! SHOCKED!" that it happened remember this thread. You guys might be great at taking, printing, and critiquing photographs but you are terrible at mental health awareness.
Originally Posted by ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
And the reasoning behind your medical assertion regarding Ms. Maire is...
* The audience is listening...
WELL this is worrying me... can someone point to a number of frames i can take - both 120mm and 35mm/per week - so as not to bring any attention to my 'possible' mental state.
sometimes i shoot both during the same week, so if you can give me a way to compensate for both, i would be eternally grateful, not to mention relieved.