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Depression Hide and Seek

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 being seen. During depression it’s all about the conflict of wanting to hide away from everyone, but also wanting someone to see you and understand the pain you’re going through.” 

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12 comments on “Depression Hide and Seek

  1. K-Faith
    February 7, 2013

    This a phenomenal depiction, ty for sharing 🙂

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  2. abitjuakali
    February 7, 2013

    Reblogged this on some serious jua kali.

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  3. luro97
    February 7, 2013

    Thank for putting into words what I feel all of the time. Being visible and invisible. Great job on the photo. Wish I could learn how to do that.

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  4. seeker
    February 7, 2013

    Perfect title.

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  5. Ziya Tamesis
    February 7, 2013

    Reblogged this on a day with depression and commented:
    This captures it perfectly.

    Like

  6. Shackled and Crowned
    February 7, 2013

    Very very expressive photo.

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  7. Syncopated Eyeball
    February 7, 2013

    Great photo and yes, yes, yes to what you say about it.
    Thank you.

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  8. Stephen Texeira Photography
    February 8, 2013

    beautiful image, Carrie. Please keep at it.

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  9. The Baking Barrister
    February 8, 2013

    wow, an incredibly truthful capture of the dark emotions of depression – great work

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  10. Victoria Sawyer
    February 8, 2013

    Very cool photo!

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  11. Emily
    February 8, 2013

    Great! I like that.

    Like

  12. bipolaronfire
    February 10, 2013

    What an incredibly gifted photographer. i would feel like jesus if i could take photos so great.

    Like

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