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Take Me Away

Photo taken by contributor Brandon Halley, a 20-year-old fine art photography student from St. Louis, Missouri. Brandon suffers from severe anxiety and depression, and is currently in recovery from self-harm. Realizing that photography/digital art was the only way he knew how to relieve stress in a healthy manner, he started doing it more often in hopes of being noticed and making a living off of it, all while improving himself personally.

About this photo: “This photo represents freedom, and letting go of all of the worries and fears that consume and gnaw away at the mind. I took this photo last year on my last day of high school. I was so excited, but so anxious at the same time. There were so many things that I was worried about: What if I can’t pay for college, what if I have to drop out, or get bad grades and fail? What if I end up homeless or have to live with my parents until I’m older? What if I never connect with anybody again? All these what ifs were just exploding like fireworks in my head and it was just so overwhelming. I was sitting there thinking to myself “now what?” I don’t want to die without making an impact. Not on everybody, that’s impossible. I want to make an impact on myself. My life, and hopefully along the way I can do something amazing as well..”

Find more from Brandon at his website.


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3 comments on “Take Me Away

  1. suej
    July 9, 2014

    Great visual statement…I love the energy, the colours. Freedom nicely expressed.


  2. Eugenia Munguía-George
    July 10, 2014

    Beautiful photo. A lot said with some red balloons.


  3. medicinalmeadows
    July 12, 2014

    Great image. The balloons are so vibrant to the picture. Well done. I like this very much. Positivity shines through.


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