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Even in the Worst Places there is Hope

Photo taken by contributor Samantha Pugsley, a 24-year-old conceptual fine art photographer from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning, shopping at the grocery story, driving her car…just living, was a panic attack waiting to happen. Photography helped her heal. With her camera she could start a conversation about what was going on in her head. She could say things with her images that she didn’t know how to say out loud. She still struggles with anxiety but making art helps her talk about it and manage it. She started a 365 photography project to ensure that she’d be doing what brings her joy every single day. She has noticed that her anxiety level is much lower if she spends time with her camera every day.

About this photo: “I drove an hour away just to find the perfect abandoned building for this shot. I’ve had this idea for ages. It’s very literal; an emotive woman pressed against a wall, surrounded by decay. It’s a glimpse into my anxious mind. My brain literally feels like this sometimes – broken, abandoned, hopeless. I chose this specific place because the hallway is like a light at the end of tunnel. A reminder that even in the worst places there is hope.”


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13 comments on “Even in the Worst Places there is Hope

  1. seeker
    August 27, 2013

    Powerful. Have faith. There is always hope.


  2. You’re image is so compelling and emotional. It isn’t often that an image such as this speaks to me, but yours definitely did. I can *feel* your angst as tears run down my face. I love that you see the hope in the light. May you always look for the light!


  3. samanthapugsley
    August 27, 2013

    Reblogged this on Samantha Pugsley and commented:
    I love contributing to Broken Light. This is one of the best, most encouraging and compassionate group of people on the entire internet.


  4. ausedpoetictragedy
    August 27, 2013

    Thank you for the beautiful art; and the much needed reminder… Best wishes…


  5. Paula McLane Jennings
    August 27, 2013

    I too suffer with GAD. I can relate to your photo. So happy you see the hope at the end.


  6. Essence of Del
    August 27, 2013

    Your picture and words touched greatly touch my heart. I know the pain from GAD and I often wonder if there is light at the end of the tunnel. I hope there is light for all of us. Thank you for sharing.


  7. Reblogged this on My Choice.


  8. bpnana
    August 28, 2013

    As a person with GAD, I see so much in your beautiful photograph. Thank you for sharing your struggle with those of us who understand and those who are trying to understand. Please keep doing what you love. And share it with the world!


  9. OyiaBrown
    August 28, 2013

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


  10. meticulousmick
    August 28, 2013

    Exceptional. The camera is your friend…MM


  11. meticulousmick
    August 30, 2013

    Just thought I should pop over and advise you that I have just nominated you for the “Sunshine” award. Details can be found at:

    Best wishes and have a great weekend.,

    MM 🍀🏆🍀


  12. Sam Spencer
    September 3, 2013

    Thanks Samantha! . . .


  13. fotosandi1
    October 19, 2013

    Great photo to fit the title don’t give up you are amazing yet aspiring!


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