Please welcome first-time contributor William “Cricket” Ulrich, an artist living with schizophrenia. In 2000, he was hospitalized for shutting down, hearing voices, paranoid thoughts, and self destructive behavior. Since then, medication has helped him live a somewhat normal life. He tried tapering down and going off meds but the symptoms always came back. So he stays on medication and doesn’t really talk about it. Depression and paranoid thoughts sometimes return, but he recognizes it and turns to creating art. He gets hyper-creative at times, painting, drawing and taking photographs constantly.
About this photo: “I photograph the world around me in San Francisco with an artist’s eye. I tend to be dark, so that’s why I’m drawn to night shots. The city is magical at night. On a day when I was down, I went to the Bay Bridge and played tourist. There’s a light in the darkness and it’s beautiful.“