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Selective Mutism

Please say a warm hello to first-time contributor Abrielle. As a young child she battled Selective Mutism, a disorder in which a child who is usually capable of speech can’t speak in certain social settings. It was a physical and metal struggle trying to find words to express herself. It wasn’t until recently, after the unexpected passing of her father, that she finally was able to find her voice through photography. Her photos represent the words that were held inside her for so long

About this photo: “As another outlet besides photography, I enjoy writing poetry. I had the idea to put my two outlets together in one photo, and here it is.”

Find more from Abrielle at her blog and Facebook.


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8 comments on “Selective Mutism

  1. crazyguyinthailand
    March 20, 2014



  2. chavisory
    March 20, 2014

    ❤ !!!


  3. galeriaredelius
    March 20, 2014

    Hello Abrielle, thank you for sharing this. You will touch many people with your photos and words. I hope you will continue to speak!


    • abriellebrownphotography
      March 22, 2014

      Thank you! Im trying to touch people with my words! Im glad you think so! Speaking was hard for me as you know, so I’m here to SAY that nothing is impossible to overcome!<3


  4. Richard
    March 20, 2014

    This is beautiful and touching! Please continue to use your poetry and photography to express yourself, the results are amazing and hopefully rewarding to you as well. Welcome!


    • abriellebrownphotography
      March 22, 2014

      Thank you so much!! This means a lot to me! For a while I thought I should just stop because I didn’t feel like it was ‘good enough’
      But recently I realized its not what people think that matters, its how I feel after i write and express myself is what matters. And now, because of this comment, Im not going to stop, ever. 🙂


  5. Forever Lakesh
    March 21, 2014

    I have a new appreciation for pigs. Thank you for sharing.


  6. wonderland are you near?
    April 28, 2014

    Reblogged this on Wonderland Are You Near?.


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