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Hope Floats

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: 

“Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s what’s in the middle that counts. So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will.

― Steven Rogers, Hope Floats

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20 comments on “Hope Floats

  1. petchary
    April 20, 2013

    Upwards is always the right direction to be moving in… Beautiful photo.

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  2. RobynG
    April 20, 2013

    Beautiful! Perfect lighting.

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  3. nalun
    April 20, 2013

    I love the lines created in this image. Beautiful work!

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  4. JD
    April 20, 2013

    Stunning photography!

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  5. Sofie's Diary
    April 20, 2013

    Beautiful dance!

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  6. moondustwriter
    April 20, 2013

    Fairy-like
    perfect shot!

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  7. mmarianorthcutt
    April 20, 2013

    Wonderful picture!!

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  8. sustainabilitea
    April 20, 2013

    The photo made me feel “up.” Nicely done!

    janet

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  9. jessicajhill
    April 20, 2013

    What a gorgeous shot! She looks like a beautiful fairy.

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  10. carrieblueberry
    April 21, 2013

    thanks everyone. she was a joy to shoot

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  11. kz
    April 21, 2013

    fantastic photo!

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  12. mithriluna
    April 21, 2013

    The back story and the picture combined is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Amar Naik
    April 21, 2013

    great click

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  14. lena de almeida
    April 21, 2013

    Beautiful and joyful image.

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  15. Carolyn Hughes
    April 21, 2013

    Stunning!

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  16. Ilusión
    April 22, 2013
  17. Robyn Lee
    April 23, 2013

    Stunning!!

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  18. bipolaronfire
    April 24, 2013

    I echo everyone’s sentiments. Delightful! Delicious!!!

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  19. My Life Afterglow
    April 25, 2013

    Wow! 🙂

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  20. Actually when someone doesn’t know after that its up to other people that they will assist, so here it occurs.

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