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 have shot a large amount of photos depicting how I DID feel, but I found that the most emotive photos I took were ones that showed what I wanted to feel.

Find more from Shelby at her blog.


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5 comments on “Possibility

  1. Sunflower
    July 3, 2014

    What a great, expressive photo!


  2. Leah Givens
    July 3, 2014

    Wow, beautiful shot!


  3. joegergen
    July 3, 2014

    That seems like a wonderful way to feel.


  4. neurolopolis
    July 4, 2014

    You can just FEEL the positive “Possibility” in this photo. It’s moving.


  5. neurolopolis
    July 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on Neuro-Transcription and commented:
    Moving image of “Possibility”.


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