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Troll Portraits

Photos taken by first-time contributor Katie Metcalfe, a 26-year-old freelance writer, editor, poet and crafter living in the North East of England, with hopes to move to Norway within the next few years. She has struggled with anorexia for over a decade, and currently lives with manic depression and psychosis, which she manages, the majority of the time, with heavy doses of medication, and even heavier doses of creative arts. Expressing herself through writing and photography is, she’s found, the very best therapy. She feels that creativity regularly saves her life.

About these photos: “‘Troll Portraits’ have multiple meanings for me. I look at them and I see what happens in my daily life, when my frantic, catastrophic thoughts become overwhelming, and I don’t know which way to turn. They’re also linked to a passion of mine that often pulls me up and out of my depressive states: Scandinavian folklore. They represent a contemporary version of the trolls I first encountered as a child.”


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8 comments on “Troll Portraits

  1. Paula McLane Jennings
    September 12, 2013

    interesting technique with the photos. I totally agree – art has helped save my life many times too.


  2. Judy
    September 12, 2013

    Very cool photo! How did you do this?


    • autisticaplanet
      September 16, 2013

      As an aspiring photographer, I wonder if you would share as well. Photographic art vs. a representation of the naked eye.


  3. titaniummike
    September 13, 2013



  4. Sam Spencer
    September 13, 2013

    Cool, thanks, Katie . . . I agree that creativity as therapy is great!


  5. maureenjenner
    September 13, 2013

    My daughter used to love those little Scandinavian trolls; endlessly twirling their long hair around her fingers; she found them comforting. .


  6. galleryoftheheart
    September 13, 2013

    Nice image……………..


  7. lmarea3070
    September 20, 2013

    The last one is my favorite!


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