Photo taken by contributor Kait Mauro, a 21-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who has lived all over the country. She is trying to see all 50 states and has been to 38 so far. Kait has a diagnosis of major depression, severe and recurrent, as well as having experienced anxiety and disordered eating during her teenage years. She is currently an undergraduate at Washington University in Saint Louis where she studies Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing. Her primary mediums are poetry and photography, though she has also been known to dabble in printmaking and other genres of writing. She seeks to understand her experiences and to connect with others through her art. Her photography can be seen at kaitmauro.com or nowandnowandnow.wordpress.com.
About this photo: “I took this photograph on my first trip to Washington state. A friend I met there, Helen, and I went to the San Juan Islands on a ferry one afternoon. It was one of those weeks that was so good, I saw beauty everywhere. I feel like I noticed every little flower and sound in that place because of how happy I was. It was surreal.”
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