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Trapped

Photo taken by contributor Samantha Pugsley, a 24-year-old conceptual fine art photographer from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning, shopping at the grocery story, driving her car…just living, was a panic attack waiting to happen. Photography helped her heal. With her camera she could start a conversation about what was going on in her head. She could say things with her images that she didn’t know how to say out loud. She still struggles with anxiety but making art helps her talk about it and manage it. She started a 365 photography project to ensure that she’d be doing what brings her joy every single day. She has noticed that her anxiety level is much lower if she spends time with her camera every day.

About this photo: “This image was very literally inspired by being cornered. One of my triggers for anxiety is when I feel trapped – it can be physical like being in a crowd of people or emotional like when I’m forced to make an important decision.

Find more from Samantha at her website or flickr.

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11 comments on “Trapped

  1. ~meredith
    November 22, 2013

    very stirring image. communicates what words can’t say… so eerily en point. amazing photograph. ~meredith

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  2. bpnana
    November 22, 2013

    This is beautiful. I have GAD, too. Hope to see more of your important work.

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  3. poemcollision
    November 22, 2013

    amazing!

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  4. Scott Marshall
    November 22, 2013

    excellent concept – well portrayed

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  5. Developing A New Image
    November 22, 2013

    gotta love it………jim

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  6. farnward
    November 22, 2013

    I can recall a music video similar to this

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  7. Pictures of Cities
    November 23, 2013

    This picture is so intense in feelings! It’s obvious that you have found a way to express yourself artistically! I’ve seen more of your pictures in flickr and I feel I have to ask you to keep up with the good work.

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  8. lmarea3070
    November 23, 2013

    I love this! I hope it was fun to do despit the meaning behind it. Use your weaknesses for your strengths!

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  9. lmarea3070
    November 23, 2013

    I meant to write despite!

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  10. Paula McLane Jennings
    November 23, 2013

    wonderful photo. I definitely get it – I also have GAD.

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  11. natalieantoniawilkins
    November 24, 2013

    Reblogged this on natalieantoniawilkins.

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