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FranceBldgPhoto taken by a woman who suffers from mental illness. Her diagnoses include terrible depression and anxiety. She also suffers from fear and panic attacks. She loves to travel but has not been able to take a big trip in many years.

About this photo: This is one of my favorite photos I have ever taken. I just found the print of it as I was going through the mess in my house that had built up due to my depression. I had taken this photograph probably about 12 years ago on a trip to France. I took it with my non-digital SLR loaded with black and white tri-x film. I remember being surprised by the beauty of this building, and amazed by how it looked so gorgeous but was in truth falling apart. This was right around the time that I was diagnosed with having a mental illness, so I didn’t understand it’s depths or the extreme struggles that would follow, but I already felt a connection to the contradiction of looking one way and feeling another. It was an emotional and powerful moment for me.


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8 comments on “Facade

  1. Emily
    December 21, 2012

    Great image. Love this pic.


  2. Northern Narratives
    December 21, 2012

    Powerful photo.


  3. merleytwister
    December 21, 2012

    Beautiful photograph.


  4. Maurizio Riccio
    December 21, 2012

    Great shot and great memories of tri-x film and developing it…


  5. ag
    December 22, 2012

    Very striking. It was a nice surprise to discover that the upper left corner didn’t result from tearing the print but was an integral part of the photo.


  6. frizztext
    December 22, 2012

    photos often are an emotional and powerful moment: just short before the next step, seeing clearer …


  7. eof737
    December 22, 2012

    Interesting facade shot…
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  8. Jerry Stolarski
    January 7, 2013

    The building has a story to tell. You captured it crying out. Love it I do.


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