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Photo taken by contributor Kait Mauro, a 22-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who has lived all over the country. Kait has a diagnosis of major depression, severe and recurrent, as well as having experienced anxiety and disordered eating during her teenage years. She is currently an undergraduate at Washington University in Saint Louis where she studies Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing. Her primary mediums are poetry and photography, though she has also been known to dabble in printmaking and other genres of writing. She seeks to understand her experiences and to connect with others through her art.
About this photo: “I took this self portrait in the bathtub of an apartment I rented for a spring in Saint Louis. It was the same bathroom I had my first panic attack in. I carefully held the camera above my head, and imagined I was asleep as I clicked the shutter. The bath water was so hot the lens kept fogging up.”
Find more from Kait at kaitmauro.com.