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Photo taken by contributor Danielle in New York City. She was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder in her early twenties, and has been in treatment on and off for over a decade since. She enjoys art, music, taking photos, and cuddles from her dog.
About this photo: “I took this recently in Central Park. I was right by the huge fountain with the angel, but for some reason instead of the fountain, I was drawn to the nearby tunnel. I guess that is not a big surprising because I have often described depression as feeling like I’m in a dark tunnel. But there was something special about that tunnel at that moment, and not just the grand beauty. Perhaps it was the music being played and the assortment of people coming and going. Most just rushing through using the tunnel to get from point A to point B. But occasionally someone would stop and take take a look around at the beauty of it. I love this particular pic. A quiet moment of a man in shadows and darkness looking out at the light. When I first saw this, I thought it had a tone of sadness, but now I think it is actually quite hopeful. He may not have stepped into the light just yet, but he is close, facing it, just a step or two away when he is ready and able. The great thing about a tunnel is that there is always a way out whether we see it at the moment our not.”