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Grand Tunnel of Depression

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.” 

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11 comments on “Grand Tunnel of Depression

  1. Hedwigia
    December 6, 2013

    Love the words as well as the picture. 🙂

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  2. Sam Spencer
    December 6, 2013

    Thanks, great stuff, both the photo and the message- I really appreciate it! Hope you are having a good day . . .,

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  3. musenote
    December 6, 2013

    Agreed, thank you for this wonderful post.

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  4. Jeff Sinon
    December 6, 2013

    Great photo, and an excellent description of the feeling I get when viewing it. So much positivity looking towards the light.

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  5. nasellophotog
    December 6, 2013

    Nice!

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  6. jampang
    December 6, 2013
  7. rvrgrl
    December 6, 2013

    I know that tunnel, both literally and figuratively, and felt such a light on my face.

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  8. Inside the Mind of Isadora
    December 7, 2013

    It’s all perfection …!!!

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  9. Lunch Sketch
    December 7, 2013

    Great observation … and true.

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  10. meticulousmick
    December 7, 2013

    Beautiful, MM

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  11. Paula McLane Jennings
    December 10, 2013

    always a way out and always lite at the end of it. very interesting photo! great job!

    Like

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