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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.”