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At the Mercy of the Sea

Photo taken by contributor Michelle who has battled Recurrent Major Depression and OCD. For many years she struggled without understanding what was happening. Eventually she was diagnosed, surprisingly by her gynecologist, who then referred her to a psychiatrist. One of the factors that contributed to her depression was years of abuse as a child. Michelle writes, blogs and does photography as therapy. She has found that doing these things is self-settling and helps her manage her depression.

About this photo: “I find doing photo editing to be quite therapeutic and it also helps express emotions. The sailing boat in this picture seemed so small on the ocean when I took the photo. It reminded me a bit of myself sometimes when I get that drowning feeling. I think the edit expresses that emotion quite well, with the huge crashing waves circling around the small boat which is floating at the mercy of the ocean.

More from Michelle at her blog.


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29 comments on “At the Mercy of the Sea

  1. spartacus2030
    January 28, 2014

    You have just won an award for this post. Look at my blog in 2 days. Congratulations :O)


  2. Geo Sans
    January 28, 2014

    I’m often a
    small boat lost at sea


  3. sarahlindalaw
    January 28, 2014

    Great photo with such a deep meaning! In my media arts class at school we worked on these kinds of photo edits- polyoramas – and this one is much better than any that I could come up with 🙂


  4. lauramacky
    January 28, 2014

    What a creative image!


  5. Leah Givens
    January 28, 2014

    Wow, what a great idea and image!


  6. Kathy Waller
    January 28, 2014



  7. Reblogged this on My Choice.


  8. Paula McLane Jennings
    January 29, 2014

    spectacular photo. I too suffer with depression and anxiety and PTSD because of abuse. You may want to read Thin Places by Mary Demuth and her new book coming out soon Not Marked. She is an amazing author and shares from her experiences of abuse and recovery from abuse.


  9. thehappyhugger
    January 29, 2014

    Reblogged this on Hope* the happy hugger and commented:
    Thank you to “Broken light.”


  10. Noodlect
    January 29, 2014

    Reblogged this on Zone Noodlect! and commented:


  11. Rachel
    January 29, 2014

    That photo is so evocative – hardly needed your explanation to get what you were saying with that amazing visual. Thanks for sharing.


  12. Why?Matters!
    January 29, 2014

    I can’t stop looking at it. This is really unique. Great idea.


  13. rainbowspinnaker
    January 29, 2014

    Uniquely compelling image, alone and surrounded by huge forces.


  14. dorannrule
    January 30, 2014

    Awesome! I am so impressed with her photographic therapy. This is an amazing post *hugs*.


  15. eLPy
    February 4, 2014

    This is really intriguing and does well in expressing your feelings and thoughts. I think we can see very clearly that photography and editing are awesome outlets for you. I can relate to this all too well. The tunnel of water created here is pretty bizarre.

    Good luck with your projects!


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