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Fragile Web of the Mind

Photo taken by Ian, a 52-year-old Welsh rugby fan who was diagnosed with clinical depression 10 years ago and bipolar disorder. It has been a hard journey, with laughter, tears, and heartache, but the support of his wife and two children, 5 and 7 years old has helped keep him going. Ian feels he has gotten an unexpected gift from his depression, and that was self-taught photography. It was very difficult at first, but he kept working at it and learning until he developed an eye and technical skills. He started using photography to get out and have a purpose, and in difficult social situations. It has now become an important part of his life and helpful in his recovery. When he is pleased with the end product, his photos can give him a feeling of pride and make him feel less debilitated by his illness.

About this photo: “I took this web image when out walking. I looked at all the webs in the early morning dew and I thought how to photograph them with a twist, so I focused on the individual strands and water droplets. Like the human mind, they are so intricate and fragile.”

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13 comments on “Fragile Web of the Mind

  1. katiekoppin
    October 10, 2012

    i just came across your blog! very cool. i have bipolar disorder and have been trying to incorporate writing about it in my blog a little more!

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  2. Charlotte Tai
    October 10, 2012

    beautiful image! “Like the human mind, they are so intricate and fragile.””.. can’t agree more to this. Photography is indeed a good way of expressing and it’s a great outlet for emotional burdens.

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  3. Tata Fata
    October 10, 2012

    Amazing!

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  4. Tom G
    October 10, 2012

    stunning image!

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  5. DeeDee
    October 10, 2012

    Simply lovely, and good metaphor too!

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  6. jackiebelle
    October 10, 2012

    This is mesmerizing. The patterns so decIcate.

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  7. ag
    October 10, 2012

    Wonderful image! You certainly succeeded in doing something unique.

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  8. Melissa Hassard
    October 11, 2012

    This is stunning.

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  9. bluebrightly
    October 11, 2012

    Wonderful image even without the description, and with it, more to think about. thank you

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  10. underthefullmoonvan
    October 11, 2012

    Love love love this photo, excellent!! Mariko

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  11. Darla Welchel
    October 12, 2012

    WOW, not much more I can say for this image or the words that accompany it. Stunning doesn’t even touch them.
    I’ve noticed Ian’s work before and he has a true gift. Thank him for sharing!

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  12. Darla Welchel
    October 12, 2012

    Reblogged this on Through The Lens and commented:
    Both the image and the words will touch your heart.

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  13. lauracookphotography
    October 13, 2012

    I love this image – beautiful. Would Ian be willing to sell a copy (I am UK based)?

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