Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Photo taken by contributor Shelby Hall, a 22-year-old mother from Dallas, Texas. Before her boys were born, she had a difficult relationship with her now fiancé, in part due to his struggles with drug addiction. She suffered from depression through much of their early relationship as a result of being unable to cope. Loving someone with addiction can feel hopeless at times. She felt lost and unsure about who she was, and who she was trying to be. During that rough time in her life she found herself comforted and consoled by her photography. Shelby’s fiancé is now two years sober, and they are wonderfully happy parents. She loves having her photos to look back on. They read like a timeline and you can see the progressions and pitfalls through them all. They also serve as a reminder of how much stronger she and her fiancé are today.

About this photo: “I love this photograph. When I took it I felt I was finally in a better place, but I never wanted to forget where I had been. I wanted to remember every “hour.” I had never weathered a storm like the two years I spent fighting depression and anxiety, and I was so proud of where I was after spending so long in my hole. I wanted to always remember and remind myself how strong I am.

Find more from Shelby at her blog.


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8 comments on “Hours

  1. Tina Schell
    May 30, 2014

    So much said with no words. Lovely


  2. Paula McLane Jennings
    May 30, 2014

    your writing and the photo reminds me of that old daytime soap…like sands through the hour glass these are the days of our lives. I know what you mean by being stuck in that hole of depression and anxiety. Been in that place far too often myself…and sitting on the edge of it again now.


  3. Les Petits Pas de Juls
    May 31, 2014

    engaging truly beautiful picture. Cheers to a new life!


  4. suyashchopra
    May 31, 2014

    Mesmerizing post. Stay blessed.


  5. So much emotion – beautiful and lovely in light, color, gesture, scenery… all of it!


  6. maureenjenner
    June 1, 2014

    True beauty cannot be suppressed.


  7. autisticaplanet
    June 2, 2014

    Awesome. I like the old-fashioned photo look as well as the sand actually departing your hand.


  8. Julia's Fotoworld
    June 4, 2014

    Great pic, very emotional… 🙂


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