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Looking Forward

Photo taken by contributor  Tiger Lillies, a woman in her forties from Ontario who suffers from deep depression, psychosis, and agoraphobia, possibly bipolar disorder, all while raising her two young grandchildren, four and six years old. Thankfully she has a supportive partner Rick who helps make daily life with children possible. Her grandchildren, as well as her recent love of photography, have become her saviours and kept her from succumbing to the negative temptations that regularly haunt her. She has tried to commit suicide several times in the past, but thankfully is still with us. Her hopes are to get past her illness, as well as glaucoma, and become a professional photographer.

About this photo: “I am almost always at one level. Meaning most people are between 5 and 7. I am at a constant 1 or 2…but once in a while I will wake up a 3 and this is when the good times roll!! I wanted to take pictures of colour (which is pretty difficult when you live in Canada and it’s winter). So opted for candles. I love this photo. It’s one of my favourites so far this year. The way the blue candle looks as though it’s wanting to break away from what everyone else is doing and venture out on it’s own. There are quite a few positive things that will be happening in my life, a move, photo sessions, as well as charity events. I’ve also been excepted into a home therapy project. Really looking forward to it.  So, this photo is about celebrating new challenges, gaining more experience, and new adventures.


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7 comments on “Looking Forward

  1. 2812 photography
    March 23, 2013

    I love this image. Very well done.


  2. Bill Jones, Jr.
    March 23, 2013

    Reblogged this on Fix Your Mirror and commented:
    Here’s a website (photography blog) I think you should check out. Surviving means finding a community, however you can.


  3. bipolaronfire
    March 23, 2013

    I love your expression of hope


  4. moondustwriter
    March 23, 2013

    There is life and light in this image. Reaching for hope with each shot


  5. Lilian
    March 24, 2013

    Brilliant! Love the colours and the brightness.


  6. ninavennor
    March 24, 2013

    You got yourself a new follower! I love your photos! Glad to stumble upon this blog of yours. Good luck and God bless!

    -Nina ❤


  7. bluebrightly
    March 24, 2013

    A great photo! And congrats to BLC on being in Huffpost.


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