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Photo taken by contributor Rachael Talibart, a photographer based in Surrey, England. She has always enjoyed photography, but when she started to suffer chronic pain it became more than a hobby/occupation. Taking photographs became a way for her to cope with her pain. She used it as a mindfulness tool, a way of focusing on the now, and on things outside of herself instead of pain or other troubles. When she is taking a picture, she is thinking only of what she is seeing and making. This allows her to notice things that she might otherwise have missed, and those things not only distract from pain but lead to other things, and so the creativity snowballs. When she is not making images, she is a student of literature, and has just completed her MA. Thus she has found herself wanting to put words to her images. She accompanies each piece by a quotation that she hopes expresses something of the feeling that she was trying to convey visually.
About this photo: “This is a picture of my children walking on the tidal causeway that leads to Elizabeth Castle, in Jersey, one of the Channel Islands. The weather was terrible that day, the torrential rain obscuring our destination. I waited for the moment when they left the apparent safety of the path and headed into nothingness.
‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’ ~Ralph Waldo Emerson”