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Photo taken by contributor Darcie, a 32-year-old woman from Edmonton, Alberta who suffers from Bipolar Disorder, OCD and Borderline Personality Disorder. She was diagnosed in the last two years after suffering for over a decade. Darcie is an acrylic and mixed media artist who just recently started experimenting with photography. She is struggling to take her art and photography to the next level while also taking care of her mental health and wellbeing.

About this photo: “This photograph shows not only the raw beauty of the female form but also the vulnerability as well.  No make-up, no masks, no fake smiles or personas.  Just me.

Find more from Darcie at her blog.


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12 comments on “Bare

  1. jenniferlthorpe
    February 26, 2014

    This speaks louder than words!


  2. Nelson
    February 26, 2014

    a really powerful photo


  3. buczthebeginning
    February 26, 2014

    Wow! Being bipolar is like being naked. All your feelings out there unprotected. Great share


  4. GODisms
    February 26, 2014

    such raw emotion spoken through simple lines and posturing. It truly captures what so many of us with bp feel much of the time


  5. StarlitReveries
    February 26, 2014

    …simply beautiful and so full of emotion. Just lovely.


  6. spencersamalvin
    February 27, 2014

    Great story & picture- thanks for sharing both! . . .


  7. Gerry C.
    February 27, 2014

    Bravo! I live with a bipolar family member and am trying desperately to help her become more expressive especially via water color painting. The chore is not an easy one.But I am sure that once she is able to commit herself to give the creative sdie of her a chance she too will produce unique and creative art forms.


  8. jasjones0904
    February 28, 2014

    this is phenomenal. I wish her luck.


  9. Richard
    February 28, 2014

    Wow. This took guts. It is a beautiful image which conveys the loneliness of your struggle.


  10. eLPy
    March 1, 2014

    Nice image and great lines. I do agree it conveys emotion.



  11. Argus
    March 7, 2014

    A powerful pic. I came over for a peek expecting something more shallow; I stand humbled.


  12. jldalton
    February 24, 2016

    congratulations for finding the courage and strength to publish such a beautiful and vulnerable photo. BPD is an illness I know all too well. best of luck to you and your journey.


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