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Wither

Please say hello to first-time contributor Ian Arneson, a 29-year-old photographer and digital artist based in Sterling, Virginia. Ian suffers from severe depression and anxiety, and has for more than ten years now. Embracing the art of photography took him to a whole new place, a new state of mind. It became more than just a hobby or something to kill time. It became his outlet, his savior, something to keep living for. Telling stories through photographs fulfills a void within Ian that was lost long ago because of depression. His photos aren’t always autobiographical, but do represent places he’s seen and been, both good and bad, reality and in dreams.

About this photo: “The inspiration behind this photo came from a point in my life where I literally felt as if I hit rock bottom. I felt unwanted, unnoticed, and invisible to everyone I cared for around me. Similar to what you see in the photo, I felt myself wither and fade away into vast nothingness.” 

Find more from Ian on his website.

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24 comments on “Wither

  1. Crooked Tracks
    September 8, 2014

    Your photo is very powerful. I like it very much.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Developing A New Image
    September 8, 2014

    Welcome Ian..nice visual illustration……en theos…j

    Like

  3. edmooneyphotography
    September 8, 2014

    Stunning 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Rachael
    September 8, 2014

    Excellent imagery.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Hank Shaw
    September 8, 2014

    this is a great image ian.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. the Prodigal Orphan
    September 8, 2014

    If this guy had long blonde hair I’d swear he was me.
    You can even feel the Depression and Anxiety.
    Beautiful, brilliant image.
    Very well done Ian.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. chrisrenney
    September 8, 2014

    It is not only disintegration I see here but reintegration too. We are made, unmade, made again. A wonderful and moving image. Thank you for sharing it. Best wishes.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Make Something Mondays
    September 8, 2014

    Reblogged this on Make Something Mondays! and commented:
    What a great artist! When you check out the website, look at his Twisted Princess Series. It’s very intriguing.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. lensandpensbysally
    September 8, 2014

    An image with a strong narrative and well-executed.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Ian Arneson
    September 8, 2014

    Thank you all so much

    Liked by 1 person

  11. vikkerness
    September 9, 2014

    Stunning image, really beautiful, emotive and thought provoking. 2 Thumbs up.

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  12. Paula McLane Jennings
    September 9, 2014

    Very creative photo and I can relate to the pain you felt – there was a time in my life I considered myself to be the invisible girl. Things are better for me today – I hope they are for you also.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Kaks
    September 9, 2014

    wow. this is very deep

    Like

  14. rachmathias
    September 9, 2014

    Love this Ian!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. bgallery
    September 9, 2014

    Beautiful image …

    Like

  16. bluebrightly
    September 9, 2014

    It’s a beautifully composed image, Ian. Somehow, to me it doesn’t have a very negative feeling – there could be many interpretations, like the body dissolving into the skies, a spiritual thing.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Allie
    September 9, 2014

    Welcome Ian, you are in good company. I suffer with clinical depression and blog openly about it. I am currently writing a book on this subject. Love the fantasy work and the feeling of withering away, fading almost, has been there on and off myself. Good luck with your work it really is beautiful and be well. x

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  18. thepetalpusher
    September 10, 2014

    Wow, Ian, what a powerful photo. Such talent.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. autisticaplanet
    September 11, 2014

    This photo evokes a few things: The feeling that one is slowly dying. Then there is the re-making process that God allows in order to grow and mature. I definitely see loneliness, but I see the light breaking through the billowing clouds that is God with us, never leaving or forsaking us, but waiting patiently for us to cry out to Him. I can clearly see that God has gifted you with this talent: to capture what your mind’s eye sees, enhance it with digital software and combining them to speak your vision to others as a force for good.

    Like

  20. mytolovelife
    September 12, 2014

    Reblogged this on mytolovelife and commented:
    great pic

    Like

  21. Valerie Fahel-Schaffer
    September 13, 2014

    This photo captures the essence of depression and angst. Thank you for sharing it with the world.

    Like

  22. Dragonflyboy
    September 16, 2014

    Reblogged this on nealstotts.

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  23. lilbrigs
    September 17, 2014

    this is amazing. as someone who has suffered her bout with depression and anxiety as well, it’s nice to know that we aren’t alone. the entire reason i got into art in the first place was because it was an outlet, and a comfort.

    Like

  24. lilbrigs
    September 17, 2014

    Reblogged this on houseofzippers and commented:
    this is a blog featuring photographers living with mental illness. i think it’s an absolutely wonderful thing.

    Like

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