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Shadow Self

Photo taken by contributor Danielle in NJ who has recurrent depressive episodes. She has lived with mental health issues for most of her life, and has also had close friends and family who have suffered from various mental conditions. She wants to advocate for others, but first she is trying to learn to advocate for herself.

About this photo: “This is a shadow of myself during a particularly difficult time. I was so close to an enjoyable situation, but separated by a few steps and a camera. Familiar story. It’s hard to enjoy anything when you feel like a mere shadow of a person.

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8 comments on “Shadow Self

  1. lemanshots
    August 30, 2013

    Eine gelungene Fotografie – perfekte Aufnahme! 🙂

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  2. moondustwriter
    August 30, 2013

    I appreciate your honesty and your grasping for a world past the camera

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  3. Myra GB
    August 30, 2013

    This is a good capture. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. Sam Spencer
    August 31, 2013

    I’m from NC & this pic reminds me of the beautiful Carolina coast! . . Keep sharing- it’ll help. I look forward to receiving more pics & thoughts from you and I hope to add some pics & accompanying thoughts of my ow, esp. after I get a good camera . .

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  5. Sam Spencer
    August 31, 2013

    Hi, I’m from NC & this pic reminds me of the beautiful Carolina coast! . . Keep sharing- it’ll help. I look forward to receiving more pics & thoughts from you and I hope to add some pics & accompanying thoughts of my own, esp. after I get a good camera . .

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  6. autisticaplanet
    September 1, 2013

    I have Asperger’s Syndrome and still know what you mean about being close but still off. I also like to take shots of my ‘shadow self.’ She never forgets her camera. 😉

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  7. icanseealight
    September 1, 2013

    Very well expressed!

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  8. Paula McLane Jennings
    September 2, 2013

    love the photo and relate to the feelings!

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