Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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When Darkness Lifts

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a 36-year-old photographer and self-portrait artist from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: “This photograph is about the release that happens when things start clicking; when the darkness lifts.   And it does.” 

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11 comments on “When Darkness Lifts

  1. Bopbie
    January 28, 2013

    Phenomenal image! The composition is exceptional, the lighting is perfect, and the subject is captivating. The whole concept of the work really evokes emotion, those feelings of release and arrival. Beautiful.

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  2. 1cruzdelsur
    January 28, 2013

    A beautiful shot, artistic.

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  3. grumpytykepix
    January 28, 2013

    A fabulous photograph; indeed worth a thousand words, or far, far more.

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  4. Ilusión
    January 28, 2013

    Reblogged this on My Thought. My Words… My LIFE! and commented:
    Beautiful portrait!!!

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  5. Terry722
    January 28, 2013

    Beautiful! I love this blog!

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  6. iRucci74
    January 28, 2013

    this is gorgeous!

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  7. carrieblueberry
    January 28, 2013

    thanks everyone!

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  8. bipolaronfire
    January 28, 2013

    I reposted – I said it there and I’ll say it here: I’m stunned by the beauty of this!

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  9. birgitph
    January 29, 2013

    That is so lovely and hopeful.

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  10. kp
    January 29, 2013

    This photo is breath taking!

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  11. lmarea3070
    January 31, 2013

    Love this!

    Like

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