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Blinding Anxiety

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: “For this image, I wanted to show how living with anxiety sometimes blinds me to the beauty that’s around me. It’s hard for me to sit back and enjoy life as it happens. I’m too busy worrying about and over-thinking everything. I hope one day to experience the joy of living for the moment.

Find more from Samantha at her website or flickr.

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10 comments on “Blinding Anxiety

  1. spencersamalvin
    January 4, 2014

    Thanks, Samantha- I am also from Charlotte, & also am suffering from anxiety. Also, Iike you, I am coping with my anxiety, partly, by taking photos to capture the beauty in the world around us. I appreciate you sharing some of that beauty!

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  2. meo..... laura
    January 4, 2014

    great……………

    marcello

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  3. megantc
    January 4, 2014

    What a great tool for anxiety! I have used theater to cope with my anxiety but I can see how photography would also be a great medium! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Paula McLane Jennings
    January 4, 2014

    I also suffer with anxiety as well as depression. Art helps me deal with it a lot of the time.

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  5. creativecuriositiesinc
    January 5, 2014

    I love this!!!

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  6. lauramacky
    January 5, 2014

    Absolutely stunning photo.

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  7. randomrepeat
    January 7, 2014

    Reblogged this on Random Repeat.

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  8. fire in the eye photography
    January 13, 2014

    What a wonderful photo.

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  9. Judy
    January 25, 2014

    I have things I am anxious about, not necessarily clinical anxiety, but I find photography a calming activity. Whether out in the field concentrating on birds or in front of the computer making adjustments to an image, it does take you away from your concerns for awhile…maybe leads to being more centered in general. Good luck and a wonderful image you made.

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  10. dirtylittlerunnergirl
    January 27, 2014

    Wow.. you nailed that. Such a great way to express yourself! A wonderful piece.

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