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Still, In Motion

Photo taken by contributor Craig A. Miller, a 37-year-old author, speaker, photographer, and suicide attempt survivor from Boston. For many years he struggled with OCD, extreme anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. After a suicide attempt nearly ended his life at age 20, he became dedicated to understanding what led him to such a decision, and more importantly how he could gain control of himself and his life to ensure it would never happen again. He published a book in 2012 titled, This is How it Feels: a memoir of attempting suicide and finding life. He is a member of The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention and regularly speaks everywhere from libraries to state conferences sharing his story and the steps he took to move forward.

About this photo: “This was one of the first  photos I took when I acknowledged that I was well enough to tell the story of my suicide attempt and the battle I believe I won over my mental health issues. It is two photos combined. One in motion and another still. For me, it represents the achievement of overcoming my struggles. Slowing down and being still is one of the most important things for me to do in order to remain balanced. Though I am doing well these days, my mind still moves very quickly as does my life. It is critical for me to take the time to stop when I need to. On days like this, I take my camera and my laptop, I sometimes spin a pen in front of me and whichever direction it points, is the direction I drive. I never know my destination until I get there, and when I do, I don’t know if I will sit and write or if I will choose to photograph it. I just do whatever feels right, and in recent years, I usually do both.

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17 comments on “Still, In Motion

  1. photosbyandy
    September 21, 2013

    Great job!!

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  2. jennyinneverland
    September 21, 2013

    This is an amazing photo, I can’t stop staring at it but it’s messing with my head ha ha.
    What a brave man for being so open about his suicide attempt.

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  3. Paula McLane Jennings
    September 21, 2013

    great photo. Love your description of it.

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  4. billiamholt
    September 21, 2013

    Beautiful expression! I love hear of people finding answers.

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  5. Steve Lakey
    September 21, 2013

    An incredible photo, and a courageous explanation to go with it. Thanks to Craig for sharing this with us.

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  6. 2812 photography
    September 21, 2013

    Stunning image.

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  7. Sam Spencer
    September 21, 2013

    Wow!

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  8. savemefrombpd
    September 21, 2013

    Beautiful.

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  9. Judy
    September 21, 2013

    Very cool composition!!

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  10. onthetear
    September 22, 2013

    The photo is really great. Interesting concept.

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  11. All Eyes On These
    September 22, 2013

    A powerful image and an even more powerfully poignant back story.

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  12. Wild Child Lotje
    September 22, 2013

    Wow nice pic! Can’t stop staring at it! Wow!

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  13. EvaUhu
    September 22, 2013

    Very expressive, thanks for sharing the image!

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  14. lauramacky
    September 22, 2013

    Awesome!

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  15. Craig A. Miller
    September 23, 2013

    Thank you all so much!!!!

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  16. Rick Diffley
    September 23, 2013

    Thanks for sharing the story and the image behind it.

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