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Where The Disorders Began

Please say a warm hello to first-time contributor millrick, a man who currently resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Rick’s experience with mood disorders started as a teen in an isolated farmhouse, in an isolated village, in an isolated region of Canada. Having survived his first brush with suicide, Rick went on to a successful career only to have his life derailed by mental illness once again. Forty years later, Rick is rebuilding his life, starting by revisiting his childhood home.

About this photo: “These photographs were taken in Gaspé, Québec, Canada in July of 2014. The series is called “Sunny Bank.” This is where my mood disorders began. The farmhouse hasn’t changed much in the 40 years since I’ve lived there. It hasn’t changed much in the 100 years since it was built. As a teen I couldn’t find a reason for hope. There was no reason to live. Now, though, when I see the sun rise. I can feel hope again.

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12 comments on “Where The Disorders Began

  1. Linn
    September 17, 2014

    Great shots that really capture some strong feelings. Well done.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Karen
    September 17, 2014

    Thank you. These are beautiful, evocative photographs.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Rhian Jones
    September 17, 2014

    I like the feeling these photos impose. They seem like a nod to the series ‘Six Feet Under’. There’s a stillness. Perhaps a feeling of not being able to express yourself. Everything held in. Stifled. That’s what I get anyway. They’re great. I value art / photography that makes me feel.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Britta Froehling
    September 18, 2014

    fantastic series. beautiful photos, yet the feelings they evoke are feelings of isolation, holding things in, stifled, loneliness. Beautiful and haunting.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Miles Pilling
    September 18, 2014

    Lovely images that speak from the heart. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. premojas
    September 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on Are you happy? and commented:
    “Rick’s experience with mood disorders started as a teen in an isolated farmhouse, in an isolated village, in an isolated region of Canada.” So I am not the only one!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. imaginarytree
    September 18, 2014

    I can see your pain in your photographs.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. BookOfPain
    September 18, 2014

    I see life and continuity. Not an easy one, but a successful one that endures.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. stockdalewolfe
    September 18, 2014

    They are wonderful photographs and such a beautiful house but sorry for the pain that was there, hidden behind the beauty!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. bluebrightly
    September 18, 2014

    Your eyes have picked up such telling details. Must have been very hard feeling hopeless in such an isolated place. I’m glad you’re not in that place, emotionally, any more.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. firstfloorphoto
    September 22, 2014

    Reblogged this on Life at the First Floor and commented:
    So important to me

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Rick Miller
    September 23, 2014

    thank you all for your kind words
    it’s been very encouraging

    rick m


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