Photo taken by contributor Teija, a 36-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed in December of 2012. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last four years. Before her partner’s accident, she had made up her mind and quit her day job to pursue being a photographer. Now she is working on making her dream a reality.
About this photo: “This is from my “Open Up My Eyes” shoot with beautiful Alma. We discussed bullying while shooting. She knows it from her own experience, as I do from mine, that people can be very very mean. But her strength amazes me. She is just such a kind and beautiful person, inside and outside.”
Find more from Teija at her blog.