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Photos taken by Chris Fitzgerald, a fashion and fine art photographer in Los Angeles who has struggled with depression and anxiety since childhood.

About this photo: While it is something I’ve come to learn how to deal with over the years, there are still times when it proves to be a formidable opponent.  Last year, I made a series of images that tried to embody the seductive nature of depression and the way it can sometimes seem much easier to slip into the depths of the neurosis rather than fight.  Here are a few from that series.  

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11 responses to “Ugly Cry”

  1. Cassie Avatar
    Cassie

    These pictures are PERFECTION. As sad as they are, I love it.

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  2. stuff I said Avatar

    I have seen that cry before..wonderful photos.

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  3. jmgoyder Avatar

    Brilliantly heart-rending.

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  4. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    Excellent in many ways. Moving. Beautiful. I’m most impressed.

    I find sometimes it’s necessary to surrender first and then start fighting it. . . sometimes not. . .

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  5. underthefullmoonvan Avatar

    Wow, love all, especially the first and the last one, so beautiful and so real.

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    1. Chris Fitzgerald Avatar

      Thank you! I’m glad this has been meaningful to you as well.

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  6. the flo studio Avatar

    Wow. Very interesting idea for a series… Resonating. Awesome work.

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  7. quantumphysica Avatar

    These are so beautiful…

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  8. Chris Fitzgerald Avatar

    Thank you all for the positive feedback. This was a truly intense photo shoot, and while the idea was to capture something “ugly,” I think we created something extremely honest and beautiful. I appreciate you all taking a look.

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  9. halfwaybetweenthegutter Avatar

    You’re right; there’s so much beauty in these photos.

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  10. eof737 Avatar

    Moving… all are moving…

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