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 of two friends of mine in the yard of our apartment building for a class assignment in the only photography course I have ever taken: photograph your biggest fear. My fear was becoming a ghost of a person – being unable to connect or feel things in a human way anymore, a reference to my battle with depression. I had Sienna look right into the camera, to show that I had not yet given up fighting to remain human. The white powder is used to recall imagery of ghosts and other worldly things. It is actually just flour but I like that it looks smoke-like.”
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