Happy Now

Photos taken by Rachel Ward, a 21-year-old woman from Charlotte, North Carolina. She recently experienced depression after living through a difficult breakup. The images were taken in Missoula, Montana, where she moved to study photography and find herself.

About these photos: In 2011, I got dumped. And it hurt. A lot. I had been with him since we were kids in high school, and I didn’t know how to just be myself. It took several rash decisions (including chopping all of my long, curly hair off at 4 AM) and several months of being depressed to finally start figuring my life out again. Then, I packed myself up and moved to Montana for photography school. While I was there, I kept working on myself, improving every day. But what is important is that I am myself, and I am finally happy now.

My artist’s statement from the project was simply this…

i showed him my pictures.
“i’m sorry,” he said.
“it’s okay,” i replied. “just tell me what you see.”
“i see us. i see what happened. it seems like you’re happy now.”
“that’s what i wanted you to see.”
i showed him my pictures.
i wanted him to know.

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  1. Bravo to you!! That’s the way to come back! I’m so happy for you. Wishing you much success in the future. Your photographs are stunning by the way.

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