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Calmness

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a 36-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed last Christmas Eve morning. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last four years. Before her partner’s accident, she had made up her mind and quit her day job to pursue being a photographer. Now she is drifting, taking care of her man, and hoping that the day will come that she can start doing photography professionally.

About this photo: “Calmness” is what I want in life, and should be something that everyone should have in life. Little dark picture, but I hope it gives that peace for others that it gives to me.

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32 comments on “Calmness

  1. johncoyote
    October 4, 2013

    Thank you for the beautiful photo and the story of the woman. Calmness is needed for the all of us.

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  2. RJ Silva
    October 4, 2013

    Incredible photograph! I love how the story behind it frames it so beautifully. I hope Teija and her boyfriend are doing better now.

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    • moodphototeija
      October 4, 2013

      thank you RJ, we are feeling bit better now, but long way to go with learning and building the new life. 🙂

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  3. onthetear
    October 4, 2013

    Touching story. Best of luck to Teija and her partner. Like the photo, but can’t press like button under sad stories, cause of my perception of like button.

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  4. Paula McLane Jennings
    October 4, 2013

    I find water very peaceful also.

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  5. Dreams and Zeros
    October 4, 2013

    Absolutely beautiful. A sense of freedom in this, too.

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  6. Developing A New Image
    October 4, 2013

    peace to you, thanx for the share….j

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  7. Syncopated Eyeball
    October 4, 2013

    It’s a beautiful image, and yes, calm.

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  8. Leah Givens
    October 4, 2013

    Beautiful, calm…I wish you both all the best.

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  9. mhdriver
    October 4, 2013

    Nothing but best for the rest of your lives. Great photo -calming.

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  10. mishunderstood
    October 5, 2013

    This is beautiful. I wish you contentment in your heart. 🙂

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  11. Amar Naik
    October 5, 2013

    great photo. all the best to rebuild your life. my best wishes.

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  12. smcphoto2012
    October 5, 2013

    Reblogged this on SmcPhoto.

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  13. glanceobservecapture
    October 6, 2013

    Stunning and calm. Love this! x

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  14. aslansfriend
    October 11, 2013

    captivating. whoosh! may God enter your life and you experience peace like none other.

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  15. Michael56j
    October 15, 2013

    Well done, Teija.

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  16. lauramacky
    October 20, 2013

    I did mean to comment on this story. This really hit home as I’ve fought depression for years. My prayers go out to the both of them.

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  17. moodphototeija
    October 23, 2013

    Laura, thank you ❤ I pray for you too and hope life is getting better there.

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