Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Bridge

Please say a warm hello to first-time contributor Karina Barszewski Churchill, a 38-year-old aspiring novelist and amateur photographer. Karina has bipolar and generalized anxiety disorder, diagnosed in 1999. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in creative writing. She then went on to the University of Buffalo to receive a Masters of Library Science. She is a lover of books and libraries. Unfortunately due to her mental illness she was only able to work as a librarian for a short time before going on SSD. She married a wonderful man in 2003 and they now share a house with Mojo (a Maine Coon Cat) and her best friend, Indiana (a Shetland Sheepdog with one blue eye and one brown eye).

About this photo: “‘Bridge’ was taken at the end of my professional career as a librarian, when bipolar depression had begun to engulf my mind again. This particular depression with bouts of anxiety and migraines would last four years and change, getting much worse (after this photograph was taken) before it got better. I never thought crossing this bridge –  from faking a professional persona to becoming myself, a whole person with artistic aspirations and a lovely family, would be so treacherous and take so long. But as this photograph foreshadows, I made it back into the light, glowing with the gift of life..”

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17 comments on “Bridge

  1. renatembell
    June 22, 2014

    Beautiful! The photo, too. 😉

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  2. gdanijela
    June 22, 2014

    love it 🙂

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  3. sheketechad
    June 22, 2014

    How beautifully worded, your explanation of the journey.

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  4. onomatopoeicbliss
    June 22, 2014

    Cool shit! And mental issues or not, that is a great foto!!

    Rock On!

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  5. suej
    June 22, 2014

    Love that image, it has a sense of scale, and of drama…it really draws you in.

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  6. oldcrowprophet
    June 22, 2014

    There is something quite mystical about this photo. It doesn’t look to be of this era, more like something from Middle-Earth. The trees are very dominant but in a subtle way, with the bridge, only a small portion of it visible, shaping the trees with it’s size and placement.

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  7. Michele
    June 22, 2014

    Thank you for your story and for the Beautiful photo

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  8. Leah Givens
    June 22, 2014

    Amazing photo, wonderful story.

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  9. WiL
    June 22, 2014

    This is my favorite photo I’ve seen on this site yet and I’ve been following for a long time now. Just magnificent!!!

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  10. ospiteincallita
    June 23, 2014

    Wonderfull Photo… Many compliments…
    Simo

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  11. ladyrockville
    June 23, 2014

    Breathtaking and serene

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  12. bigbird34
    June 23, 2014

    I agree with WiL above, this is my favorite photo as well. Just beautiful!!

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  13. Sunflower
    June 23, 2014

    Beautiful photo, beautiful words. I am so curious where this photo was taken, also. It’s magical!

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  14. luro97
    June 25, 2014

    Awesome photo! So much going on in it.

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  15. betsyborchardt
    June 25, 2014

    Karina,
    I love the composition and aura of your photograph. It reminds me of a passage to a new life. And this you have succeeded in transitioning to, after the long,crushing battle with bi-polar illness. I hope the road ahead is easier for you. Keep writing. I’d love to read your first novel when it comes out.
    Betsy

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  16. snapsgoodpics
    June 28, 2014

    Love the photo 🙂

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  17. Rogers Stinson
    August 20, 2014

    What an inspiring photo that almost needs no words.

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