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Breaking Free

Photo taken by contributor Lakesh, a 36-year-old woman currently living in FYROM, Macedonia, serving as a volunteer for the Peace Corps. She is working with a non-governmental organization that promotes women empowerment within the small town of Radovish. Lakesh was in a two year relationship with a woman who was diagnosed with depression. Their relationship was filled with both pockets of joy and memorable disappointments. All of which have completely changed her perspective toward mental illness and relationships. She will always be grateful to her for opening her eyes.

About this photo: “I am not a fan of insects or anything that is creepy crawly. However, when I came across this cocoon of caterpillars, I felt overwhelmed with the sense of wanting to break free. There are some many elements in this world the bind us, from the burden of heartache to feeling imprisoned in your mind.  My hope is that one day, I will be able to break free and breathe in the fresh air life.”


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6 comments on “Breaking Free

  1. Wow! Kind of gross but it’s creation. Wonderful shot.


    August 24, 2013

    Well written!


  3. Paula McLane Jennings
    August 24, 2013

    I’m not big on creepy crawl;ies either but your photo is fascinating and great analogy.


  4. Escaping Elegance
    August 24, 2013

    I’m oddly fascinated by the creepy and crawly! I can’t wait to show this to my boys. Wonderful capture!


  5. OyiaBrown
    August 25, 2013

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


  6. Borneo Rainbow
    August 25, 2013

    its painful even to watch let alone if we’re one


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