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Siren in the Woods

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: “Being alone in nature with my camera is one thing that soothes my anxiety. I used to feel very anxious every time I went to an unfamiliar place by myself. Now, I’ve come to use these times as reflection and a renewal. Instead of pressuring myself to have a concept in mind when I embark, I find a stunning location and let it speak to me. For this picture, I found this beautiful, isolated shore after hiking through a nature preserve. I saw this log jutting out towards the water and immediately thought of a siren. I perched myself on the log and imagined I could hear her a siren’s song while I shot this.

Find more from Samantha at her website or flickr.


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10 comments on “Siren in the Woods

  1. thomasgable
    December 7, 2013

    Beautiful shot! Really great lighting and colors!


  2. kleesbutterfly
    December 7, 2013

    What a color!


  3. samanthapugsley
    December 7, 2013

    Reblogged this on Samantha Pugsley and commented:
    My photo “Siren Song” is featured on Broken Light today 🙂 Take a moment to check it out?


  4. Linda Å
    December 8, 2013

    Wow, that red color realy makes the picture, stunning!


  5. sstrategys
    December 8, 2013

    Very beautiful


  6. geeyong
    December 8, 2013

    Reblogged this on Moonlight By the Track.


  7. Loretta cassavant
    December 10, 2013

    Red is one of many colors that I love. I am an artist that has done some photography around the world. This is a stunning reminder of an art form that I need to explore. As depressed as I have been I am in need of a adventure. Thanks,Loren


  8. Paula McLane Jennings
    December 10, 2013



  9. capturemysoulphotography
    December 12, 2013

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!


  10. shanellyfeliz
    December 14, 2013

    This is really beautiful


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