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Stolen Soul

Please welcome first-time contributor Daniel, a 48-year-old man of Puerto Rican decent who currently lives in Burlington, New Jersey. He was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and insomnia in 2007, but had been suffering for at least 10 yrs before that. Photography has been his primary method of coping since he was a teen. He feels that the photos he takes have meaning and help him on his journey.

About this photo: “This particular photo is a representation of sorts, of how tribes used to believe that they would lose their soul/spirt if their photo was taken. It also represents for me, those moments when the voices start talking and I am trying to at least control them.


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8 comments on “Stolen Soul

  1. Sam Spencer
    February 15, 2014

    Thanks, Daniel! . . .


  2. Daniel Mejias
    February 16, 2014

    You are very welcome, I’ll post more soon!


  3. Daniel Sparling
    February 16, 2014

    It took me a second look to see the other faces, I’m glad I did look again. Nice photo.


  4. Rick Diffley
    February 18, 2014

    Very well done!


  5. autisticaplanet
    February 20, 2014

    It takes a good photographer’s eye to communicate in one image what could be described in a photograph. I love this self portrait. I was more drawn to the Nikon & trying to find out the model #. I had to look for the face after reading the comment. I very much like this photo. I can see what I think is both pain & determination on your face. God Bless & keep contributing.


    • dannymejias
      March 2, 2014

      It’s a Nikon D7000 w/Nikor 18-55 ED VR kit lens. It shoots well. I’m still exploring the menus.


  6. albalilianasanchez
    February 26, 2014

    “They’ve drummed the miraculous out of you, but you don’t want it to be like that. You want the miraculous. You want everything to still be new.”


  7. Danny Mejias
    March 1, 2014

    Thanks for all of the wonderful feedback. I can’t wait to start digging into all of the photos, they will be awesome and inspirational. Thanks!


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