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Love & Hope Through the Darkness

Photo taken by contributor Danielle who suffers from Major Depressive Disorder, and a host of other issues that she refers to simply as her “mental mess.” She uses her camera to express her inner self and to help her through challenging situations.

About this photo:

“This picture is a visual conclusion of a magical night of love multiplied…

Several months ago, a close friend asked me to be in her wedding and stand by her side. I was surprised because I had been going through a really difficult depressive episode and as usual had isolated and pushed everyone away. She was one of the very few people who wouldn’t let me push her away. She stood by me, and it was my turn to stand by her. Literally. Unfortunately due to the depression and agoraphobic tendencies, every step was a challenge (especially in heels). But I did it and am so glad that I did.

At the end of the event, everyone lit giant paper lanterns and released them into the night sky. It was breathtaking. Instead of taking traditional photos, I decided to turn the spots of light into hearts by taking long exposure images and moving the camera. It was so beautiful watching the lanterns flying into the night sky. It represented so much love and hope for the future, a feeling that is often foreign to me.

By being present, and moving and experimenting with my camera, I was trying to capture just that… love and hope shining through the darkness.


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14 comments on “Love & Hope Through the Darkness

  1. Developing A New Image
    September 9, 2013

    great job…….i love it…hearts to all….j


  2. The Fountain
    September 9, 2013

    Wunderful picture!


  3. HudleyFlipside
    September 9, 2013



  4. youcantmakelemonade
    September 9, 2013

    Love this. Have a similar story about being in a wedding while being in / trying to come out of a major depressive bought. It turned out to be a great decision — but, wasn’t easy. Thank you for sharing.


  5. Paula McLane Jennings
    September 9, 2013

    wonderful technique. So glad you pushed yourself to stand by your friend. I suffer from MDD plus too and know just how hard pushing yourself to do something surrounded by people when you are feeling that way is.


  6. Natasha Shapiro, ATR-BC, LCAT
    September 9, 2013

    THis is so beautiful! I’ve been obsessed with hearts. I love how you took the photo! really creative!!!


  7. celiactulabug
    September 9, 2013

    Reblogged this on tulabugblog.


  8. aundriaabf99
    September 10, 2013

    Reblogged this on Aundria blog and commented:


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  10. Steve Lakey
    September 10, 2013

    A truly inspirational story, and amazing technique for the photo.


  11. DagEnDauw
    September 10, 2013

    Enchanting photo.


  12. savemefrombpd
    September 11, 2013

    Cool – Very artistic and expressive.


  13. sparrow111
    September 13, 2013

    You are very creative, great photo. Good job being in your friend’s wedding!


  14. Dreams and Zeros
    September 13, 2013

    Absolutely love this. Stunning.


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