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Secret Sadness

Photo taken by contributor Quita, a teenager from England. She has experienced severe self esteem and confidence issues since she was 14-years-old, around the start of her first set of formal exams. Although she wasn’t failing her subjects, the pressure of doing well whilst also keeping up with all her friends started to overcome her and she ended up diagnosed with major depression. She thinks it’s harder to go through than many others think. She found it hard to talk to her mum about what she was feeling because she wasn’t sure herself, and it upset her mum to know Quita was going through things she couldn’t change. Quita has recently started to overcome some of her struggles with the help of her supportive boyfriend, along with photography. Taking photos has helped with her feeling of isolation, and she appreciates the freedom it gives her.

About this photo: “I call this photograph ‘Beauty Hurts.’ It was a spur of the moment image taken of my cousin Maggie after seeing a photo by Irving Penn. I felt that it captured a sort of ghostly side to her without her being obviously sad, which relates a lot to my depression and the secretive nature of it.”


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13 comments on “Secret Sadness

  1. globetrottermama
    February 26, 2013

    She’s beautiful.


  2. Karl Chapman
    February 26, 2013

    I think this is an extraordinary portrait and photograph. Genuine, and truly intriguing. Wonderful stuff 🙂


  3. Karl Chapman
    February 26, 2013

    Reblogged this on A Day in December and commented:
    I can’t remember re-blogging a photo through my site for a while but I just have to with this extraordinary image via the Broken Light Collective …


    • niquitax
      February 27, 2013

      wow, thank you so much, it’s so comforting reading things like these about work my photos, means a lot 🙂


  4. elenacaravela
    February 26, 2013

    I agree. A superb image, full of expression.


  5. drawandshoot
    February 26, 2013

    A truly beautiful portrait. Extraordinary.


  6. gita4elamats
    February 26, 2013
  7. Anna
    February 27, 2013

    This image is just hauntingly beautiful. You have done a wonderful job of capturing the intended emotions. As a fellow photographer and someone who struggles with mental illness as well so impressed! Looking forward to more.


  8. Inside the Mind of Isadora
    February 27, 2013

    This photo sas so much even without the explanation. Well done ….


  9. Mz Zoomer
    February 28, 2013

    You have really captured such emotion here. She is beautiful and sad! Do keep up your photography work. You have something here!


  10. akosicla
    March 2, 2013

    This one’s a beautiful photo. So much expression in it. Keep up the good job! 🙂


  11. Ippo
    March 3, 2013

    Very moving portait. Ablsolutely stunning and deep expression 🙂


  12. anjali
    March 4, 2013

    omg! beautiful click! very moving..


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