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Not Giving Up

Photo taken by first-time contributor Teija, a 35-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back together. She found love after getting out of hospital and got married. Half a year ago, her life changed drastically when her husband was paralyzed on Christmas Eve morning. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last four years. Before her husband’s accident, she had made up her mind and quit her day job to pursue being a photographer. Now she is drifting, taking care of her man, and hoping that the day will come that she can start doing photography professionally.

About this photo: “This pic is about learning, and revealing my feelings to the world. I did something I have said that I would never try… self portrait. Hoping that my art would give people that hope, what it gives to me. Without photography, I would already have given up.”

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20 comments on “Not Giving Up

  1. kathrynrohloff
    June 26, 2013

    This is beautiful. I hope they start to see the beauty in life again soon.

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  2. jasmindamaro
    June 26, 2013

    ALLES LIEBE UND GUTE FUER DICH VON JASMIN DAMARO

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  3. meredith
    June 26, 2013

    the light of this picture is so deeply touching. so healing. teija, you are the mother healer who shares her light, and that is what comes through. you are beautiful. you will be okay. i wish you deep peace, and deep strength. for both you and your husband.
    thank you, teija for sharing.

    xx
    ~meredith

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  4. Syncopated Eyeball
    June 26, 2013

    Beautiful.

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  5. dabawenyo life
    June 26, 2013

    how sad… but it’s so inspiring…thanks for sharing..

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  6. Paula McLane Jennings
    June 26, 2013

    don’t give up. So sorry about your husband. the photo is wonderful.

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  7. gingamusings
    June 26, 2013

    I love the black of the background with the light coming into the middle. Keep heading for that light, you can make it 🙂

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  8. Dirk Porsche
    June 27, 2013

    Great. I instantly imagined this to be real good cover art, for a mystery thriller.

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  9. moodphototeija
    June 27, 2013

    thank you Dirk 🙂 It would be awesome if someday my pic would made it way to a book cover ❤

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  10. lisalday111711
    June 27, 2013

    You are strong and a gifted photographer….the things that happen are part of our journey and our learning….this tragedy will only enhance your creativity and strength and the bond of love is your anchor

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  11. merayer
    June 27, 2013

    Reblogged this on an eternal whim and commented:
    I don’t remember following this blog (it probably popped up on my suggestions and I haphazardly clicked it). I praise God I did! These photographs are phenomenal, and their inspiration eternal. Very grateful for such an intriguing photography collective. So impressed.

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  12. Aian Ramos
    June 28, 2013

    I really see hope in this photo, it’s like there’s still that glimmer of hope in spite of the darkness. 🙂

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