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Blue Day

Photo taken by contributor Alison Gunn, a 54-year-old writing coach from Seattle, Washington. She works with beginning or reluctant writers who would like to write but aren’t able to, most commonly due to psychological blockages. After many years of therapy due to PTSD and child abuse issues, Alison has found photography to be the most helpful tool in getting her out of her house when she experiences severe depression. Alison is often attracted to photographing wrecked or ravaged things, things that aren’t necessarily obviously beautiful. She finds that nature especially has a ragged beauty, and often sees herself reflected back in nature and her photography. Alison spends most of her time pretending to be in better shape than she is, so it’s nice to just be able to tell the truth for a change here in the understanding environment of Broken Light Collective. She came to photography late in life, and is so grateful that she did. Photography is helping her find joy again.

About this photo: “This is an abstract shot I took this past winter. I call this ‘Blue Day,’ because not every day is a happy day. This combination of dark and darker shades of blue, with the drop of ice, symbolizes the kind of coldness that lies at the heart of depression. There’s a cold anger that comes with my depression, which I have fought my way out of over time, and I’m doing well right now, but while I’m feeling bad, this is what it looks like in my inner climate.”

Find more from Alison at her website.

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3 comments on “Blue Day

  1. spartacus2030
    November 28, 2013

    I believe she describes depression quite concisely; couple this with confusion, forgetfulness,hopelessness, anxiety, misinterpretations, fatigue and frustration, and you’re left to constantly deal with quite the lethal cocktail!

    I’ve been in a deep depression since I was a small child; At 5, I had the sense to run down the hall and have the neighbors call The Police, when my Step-father broke in and beat the living out of her, because she was having a cup of tea with my Father… Depressoids aren’t born; they are made…

    Like

  2. autisticaplanet
    November 29, 2013

    I can feel by looking what you describe in your photograph. It is beautiful. In photography, sadness and other unpleasant emotions are often beautiful or interesting.

    Like

  3. Paula McLane Jennings
    December 3, 2013

    stunning photo and very accurate description of depression.

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