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Overwhelmed and Trapped

Photo taken by contributor Samantha Pugsley, a 24-year-old conceptual fine art photographer from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning, shopping at the grocery story, driving her car…just living, was a panic attack waiting to happen. Photography helped her heal. With her camera she could start a conversation about what was going on in her head. She could say things with her images that she didn’t know how to say out loud. She still struggles with anxiety but making art helps her talk about it and manage it. She started a 365 photography project to ensure that she’d be doing what brings her joy every single day. She has noticed that her anxiety level is much lower if she spends time with her camera every day.

About this photo: “I created this image around the holidays, which is one of the most anxious times of the year for me. I get easily overwhelmed and often feel trapped. Wrapping lights around my eyes and photographing myself was a not so subtle way to capture my anxiety.”

Find more from Samantha at her website or flickr.


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10 comments on “Overwhelmed and Trapped

  1. keepcalmitsellie
    March 22, 2014

    Reblogged this on Droplets of Life.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. crazyguyinthailand
    March 22, 2014



  3. Paul Weiner
    March 22, 2014

    Beautiful expression of the artist’s concept here.


  4. Victoria
    March 22, 2014



  5. magzmama
    March 22, 2014

    Reblogged this on MamaTarot and commented:
    I don’t quite know why I like this so much, but I do. What do you think?


  6. mishunderstood
    March 22, 2014

    This is beautiful.


  7. samanthapugsley
    March 22, 2014

    Reblogged this on Samantha Pugsley and commented:
    I’m so happy to share my work on Broken Light. I love this community of amazing artists!


  8. Linkiostraio
    March 23, 2014

    Beautiful image! Light, exposure, compo, idea… :) well done!!


  9. emeraldwake
    March 23, 2014



  10. bluebrightly
    March 23, 2014

    This is a great idea, and a strong image. I’m glad you found that photography can help you feel less anxious. Keep creating!


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