Please welcome first-time contributor Kendra Kantor, a 22-year-old woman from Chicago, Illinois. Kendra is a Wellness Mentor and Guide for creative women looking to embrace their self discovery and improve their mental health wellness. She is also a mother, writer and photographer who has suffered with mental health problems for most of her life. When she was 13, she started to recognize depression in herself and reached out for support. She started therapy and medication, and was eventually diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. She loved photography as a young teen and after a break, which included dropping out of art school and becoming a mother, she is learning to love the camera again and use it as a wellness tool.
About this photo: “I have always, mostly taken photographs of nature or “boring” subjects as my professors once called them. I like to take close ups, look at the small details of life. I like to focus inward and outward at the same time. I look for the light and the interesting shapes of an object or scene. This image is part of a set that’s a perfect example of the images I like to create. Nature is beautiful and wild and free, but gnarly and tangled. This twig, while I find it’s shape beautiful and fascinating is technically a weed that kills the attached plant.”