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On the Outside Looking In

Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties who struggles with bipolar depression. Photography has been a helpful tool in her treatment and recovery, along with doctors and medication.

About this photo: “I love my town. I love the community, the park, the dead-end streets. I especially love when the weather gets warm enough for the neighborhood kids to play outside. This photo captures some of the girls decorating a princess tiara, and enjoying freeze pops. It was a sweet moment, so I snuck over with my phone camera to capture it as unobtrusively as possible. I think the unconventional angle captures the joy, but also gives it a feeling of distance, which was how I was feeling at that moment. Depression always makes me feel like I am on the outside looking in. Like the world is a giant snow globe – filled with scenes of laughter and happiness – that I can see but can’t engage with.

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11 comments on “On the Outside Looking In

  1. simplyenjoy
    March 8, 2013

    That’s a great metaphor for depression… feeling outside of a snow-globe. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. Annie's Place
    March 8, 2013

    Nice angle on the photo. I like it.

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  3. autisticaplanet
    March 8, 2013

    The description really ties in the photo for me.

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  4. SnapInTime
    March 8, 2013

    Very touching, both the photo and the description.

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  5. hrosez
    March 8, 2013

    ‘on the outside, looking in’… .that’s how I feel a lot. Like the word is going so fast, but you are in slow motion.

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  6. phylor
    March 8, 2013

    I like the snow globe analogy. I’ve always been on the outside looking in, too. Depression makes for a disconnect of perspective. Your words and photo illustrate this shifted sense of self and the world.

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  7. Juli
    March 9, 2013

    Beautifully said. Beautifully photographed. And, so very you touching.

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  8. Forestwoodfolkart
    March 10, 2013

    Great pic. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. loulylu
    March 12, 2013

    Amazingly expressed! …

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  10. dbubble12
    March 13, 2013

    Beautiful shot that captures what you live through. I say through because you are making your days, they are not fully making you. Great writing. Thank you for sharing.

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