Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Image I Present & Image I See

Photos taken by Jim Work, who has struggled with depression for many years. More about him here.

About this photo: I found this purple thistle growing in my driveway. I was struck by it’s beauty and so tried to reflect that image. So often I am presented the glory of nature. Sometimes I see the dark side, but I rarely show that. I am much like the guy at church that greets you with an “I’m fine” and you find out a week later that he has lost his job, his wife left him and he is finding love from a stranger via WWW. I find myself just as phony. I hide my darkness afraid it will scare the hell out of everyone else. Meanwhile, it scares the hell into me.

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6 comments on “Image I Present & Image I See

  1. life in relation to art
    April 28, 2012

    Amazing photos! There is something about thistles that always move me. Thanks for sharing these images.


  2. Robin Jean Marie
    April 28, 2012

    These are wonderful photos, and the poignant words are food for thought.


    • Developing A New Image
      April 28, 2012

      Thanx Robin, it is so nice to be sharing the pain with people who don’t shake their heads going,”I just don’t get it!”…….shalom en theos….jim


  3. jmgoyder
    April 28, 2012

    This blog is absolutely the best thing.


  4. autisticaplanet
    June 2, 2014

    You never have to hide yourself among the followers/contributors of this blog.You never have to hide from God, who knows your heart. I encourage you to pray to Him and seek wise council. Talk to the pastor of your church. If they are judgmental, find another church. Keep taking photos & keep sharing. There are people here who are non-judgmental & may be able to help you when you need it.


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