Please offer a warm welcome to first-time contributor Mike Wacht, a 48-year-old man from Orlando, Florida who suffers from Type II Bipolar disorder with frequent bouts of depression and anxiety. Although diagnosed about 10 years ago, it is something he’s suffered with since his teen years. He is married for the third time with daughters from his previous marriages. He is a professional storyteller. He started his career in journalism and most recently worked in PR. He is now working to get a fledgling photography business off the ground.
About this photo: “My wife is in the U.S. Army Reserve and 18 months after we got married, she was deployed to Afghanistan. She told me she was going to have me read a couple of books when she returned to help me understand her experiences. We were unable to find any books that would help her understand mine. I set out to create one, photographically interpreting my feelings on a quasi-weekly basis. This photo is part of the project. Titled “Who’s Got My Back?” it draws a contrast between her (with an identified battle buddy who always protects her physically and emotionally) and me (who found that very few of my friends were available when I needed someone).”
Find more from Mike at his web site.