Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Ascending the Pipe

Photo taken by first-time contributor Jess, a woman whose family has been affected by mental illness for many generations. The illness manifests in different ways. It is sometimes hard to recognize through the guise of personality and circumstances, but deep sadness or rage eventually reveals each person’s underlining struggle. It has taken her a while to understand her own struggles with depression and anxiety and she is now trying to understand how these same issues are manifesting in her daughter. It is a legacy she wishes she could stop.

About this photo: “This image was part of a series of self-portraits I made in our woods as I explored my recent feelings of depression. It is an image of hiding/escape and an image of revealing/exploring. Do I dare explore the dark pipe?“

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6 comments on “Ascending the Pipe

  1. ~meredith
    October 10, 2013

    Genius photography image. Wow! Very thought-provoking, altogether.

    Thank you.
    Meredith

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  2. Ziya Tamesis
    October 10, 2013

    Best wishes to Jess and her daughter as they try to end this legacy.

    Like

  3. Son of Sharecroppers
    October 10, 2013

    Surreal and powerful.

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  4. vastlycurious.com
    October 10, 2013

    Just wonderful and light hearted- I LOVE IT !

    Like

  5. Paula McLane Jennings
    October 11, 2013

    very interesting. I too suffer depression and anxiety and love photography and all the paper arts but I haven’t actually used my photos to explain or give image to those feelings. I must start trying to do that!

    Like

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