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Unable to Confront Myself

Please say a warm hello to a first-time contributor. He is a 62-year-old man who has a lifelong history of depression. He is currently going through a particularly rough patch.

About this photo: Unable to confront myself, my shadow reels in the turmoil, confusion and pain of its depression, relentless and inescapable.”

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27 comments on “Unable to Confront Myself

  1. dannymejias
    February 20, 2014

    Very strong image, very strong words. Most definitely coming from a very strong individual. Nice job.

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    • Richard
      February 22, 2014

      Strong? If only… :-(. Thanks for the kind words though!

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  2. lauramacky
    February 20, 2014

    An image with so much outward expression of everything inside. Amazing!

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    • Richard
      February 22, 2014

      Thanks – this image continues to speak to me too.

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      • lauramacky
        February 22, 2014

        You’re welcome. Art is so wonderful for that. 😀

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  3. Jeanette Clawson
    February 20, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your depression with us. That may sound like an odd thing to say, but I am finding my depression lightened by this shared space and I hope you do too

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    • Richard
      February 22, 2014

      Not odd at all. This is a unique place and I understand what you mean.

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  4. Karen
    February 20, 2014

    The photo really gets across what it feels like. Thanks.

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    • Richard
      February 22, 2014

      Thanks.

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  5. seeker
    February 20, 2014

    Hello..

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  6. Robert S Johnson
    February 20, 2014

    Excellent image. Really good work.

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    • Richard
      February 22, 2014

      Thank you!

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  7. Emily
    February 21, 2014

    I don’t even know how to express what I feel about this powerful image. I believe that art should jolt your sensory system, leaving you different than you were before you viewed it. This photo does that to me.

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    • Richard
      February 22, 2014

      Wow – that really makes me feel good. This image keeps calling me back and speaks so much to me too. Thanks for the positive feedback!

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  8. Dreams and Zeros
    February 21, 2014

    Powerful and expressive shot.

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    • Richard
      February 22, 2014

      Thank you!

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  9. Richard
    February 21, 2014

    Thanks to everybody for the extremely kind and supportive words. This was my first “public exposure” in social media about my depression. The comments are heartwarming and greatly appreciated. – Richard

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  10. tinyfrogs
    February 21, 2014

    Wow, that’s a really good pic. Good capture of the consuming, anchorless, draining feeling of deep depression.
    How did you do it?

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    • Richard
      February 22, 2014

      Thanks! Well, I’m standing in the ocean in shallow water and a lot of the turbulence is due to the water itself kicking up the sand as it was coming in or rolling out. I shot this with a camera (Olympus TG-1) which has built in effects filters, and I was using the “dramatic” filter which adds a grunge type look. Then I accentuated the look in Lightroom as a final step.

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      • tinyfrogs
        February 25, 2014

        Excellent work! Thanks for the explanation.

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  11. Nelson
    February 21, 2014

    Strong image that says a lot

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    • Richard
      February 27, 2014

      Thank you!

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  12. Son of Sharecroppers
    February 23, 2014

    Marvelous image. My heart goes out to the artist.

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    • Richard
      February 27, 2014

      Thanks so much.

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  13. Susan Thompson
    February 25, 2014

    A profoundly expressive image; so beautiful and so evocative of the confusion and lost feelings of depression. There is great luminosity and strength in this image. Thank you for sharing from deep within your own story.

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    • Richard
      February 27, 2014

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate your kind words. I was really excited about this image as it evolved, for the exact reasons you describe. It still blows me away a bit.

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  14. eLPy
    March 1, 2014

    Very intriguing. It’s ironic that you express how you’re unable to deal with your inner life and yet in this image you’re glowing, you have an aura! It’s a great message that perhaps we’re often missing the inner glow that really does live within us and is often radiating out.

    Thanks for sharing this,
    eLPy

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