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The Never Ending Horror

Photo taken by contributor Richard in Upstate New York. He’s a 63-year-old man who has suffered from severe depression throughout his life. He is currently going through a particularly lengthy rough patch.

About this photo: “This is a close-up taken of a fire in our fireplace, this image captures the dread and horror I sometimes feel when convinced the pain and depression will never end. Post production was done in Lightroom to enhance the image and bring out the face I hope is apparent.


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10 comments on “The Never Ending Horror

  1. Susan Thompson
    March 11, 2014

    Richard, the face in this image is beyond words. I have seen this face and I have felt it, worn it, but you have captured, even with your words of description, how depression does create “dread and horror.” Courage is in the naming and in your own creativity and sharing. The glimmer of courage for me is not the fight or the struggle. It is in the peacemaking I must do daily with all that doesn’t reconcile. I bid you peace, deep peace and blessing. Thank you for sharing from the depth of your own path.

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    • Richard
      March 11, 2014

      Susan – I cried reading your comment to know it touched another person in the same way. Also to feel your courage and where it comes from, that was inspiring and an alternative I’d never thought of, peacemaking, wow. Thanks for that, a totally different way to deal with this craziness, I’ll try to hold onto that. – Richard


  2. mvschulze
    March 11, 2014

    Amazing shot. awe, and deeper thought inspiring. Nice.


  3. samanthapugsley
    March 11, 2014

    This is so incredible. I know you’ve touched so many people by sharing this. I and so many others here can really connect with this.


  4. rkpowers
    March 12, 2014

    …and now the Phoenix may rise from the ashes…

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  5. Tara
    March 12, 2014

    A very expressive image.


  6. danesegrandfield
    March 12, 2014

    Richard, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. How brave you are to share during such a rough time. The photo speaks…please keep shooting.


  7. Paula McLane Jennings
    March 13, 2014

    that is a truly amazing photo. I have had major depressive disorder most of my life. I totally understand where you are coming from. Prayers that you will find some relief and peace soon.


  8. bluebrightly
    March 16, 2014

    It’s a beautiful composition – I hope that cheers you just a little bit.


  9. chrisrenney
    March 23, 2014

    This is the most amazing image and thank you for sharing it with us.


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