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Dancing in the Shadows

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a 36-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed in December of 2012. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last four years. Before her partner’s accident, she had made up her mind and quit her day job to pursue being a photographer. Now she is working on making her dream a reality.

About this photo: It is the place for me, in the shadows, like my lovely model here. I do not want to be in spotlight, but maybe not always in the dark either, so the shadows are that grey area between.

Find more from Teija at her blog.


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12 comments on “Dancing in the Shadows

  1. 10eveningflowers
    June 5, 2014

    very beautiful


  2. Chess
    June 5, 2014

    Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.


  3. Rhys Jones
    June 5, 2014

    A lovely image. In particular I like the movement in her hair.


    • Moodphototeija
      June 6, 2014

      thank you Rhys, that was one of the reasons I fell in love with that one 🙂


  4. bigbird34
    June 5, 2014

    What a beautiful picture and it says so much.


  5. autisticaplanet
    June 7, 2014

    I like the idea of finding hope in hopelessness. It is possible with God. That said, I also like the conception of wearing warm-weather clothes on what looks like a cold day. It is a metaphor of what I said a few sentences back. 🙂


  6. Paula McLane Jennings
    June 8, 2014

    wonderful photo!


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