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: “This photograph is titled ‘Angels Fall First.’ The model asked me to do a shoot with her because she was feeling a little depressed, and I was too, so we tried to get our depression to go away a little. And that really helped.
This picture is to me about people who are kind and good hearted, but a little too fragile to carry their own problems when they carry the problems of so many others too.
This reminds me of the time I got sick and was hospitalized. I do not remember much about that time from the hospital, but I remember that there was this man, another patient, who looked at me while I was writing poems, and then he said to me… ‘don´t worry angel, you’re gonna rise again’.”
Find more from Teija at her blog.