Photo taken by a contributor Danielle in Asbury Park, NJ. She has experienced long-term depressive episodes, as well as severe anxiety, and possibly Borderline Personality Disorder. She has tried countless treatments, therapists, and therapies, including hospitalization, but none have quite done the trick. Although she does not feel “better,” she feels that she may be on the right track, and is trying to keep hope and keep photographing through her challenges.
About this photo: “I love this building. The bright color and smiling face look so happy, but the reality is that it’s in a state of disrepair, cracked and deteriorating. It really resonates with me. I want to appear bright and happy, but sometimes it’s so hard when I feel like I’m alone, crumbling inside… Yet somehow, through it all, I try to force a smile.”