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The Nighttime

Please welcome first-time contributor M, a 20-year-old student from Finland who has been suffering from various mental health challenges over the past eight years. She has been diagnosed with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, fear of social situations, and recurrent PTSD. The truth of her condition, however, still remains unclear. And yet, she carries on, trying to understand a world that feels so hard to handle, and how she fits into it. And she creates, sometimes using her camera and other times writing into the night.

About this photo: This photo, taken when I was only 15, is one of my first shots that made me realize that I can, and perhaps should, photograph. 

I have always loved the nighttime, the slight breeze and crispy air that makes you feel suddenly very aware of the world, time and your feelings. And this particular fall in 2009 I remember standing on the peer of our summer cottage, waiting for the sky to turn to black. But instead, it kept on lighting up and glimmering, as if the sunny skies were fighting back the night, light the darkness and the Yin the Yang. I remember wondering how a battle could be that beautiful.” 

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14 comments on “The Nighttime

  1. Cara Lockhart Smith
    September 26, 2014

    What a beautifully composed photograph, and so mysterious in its feeling….

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  2. dreambigwords
    September 26, 2014

    a gorgeous photograph and such a big question! How can a battle be beautiful?

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  3. Lady_K
    September 26, 2014

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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  4. thepetalpusher
    September 26, 2014

    M–beautiful photo. I hope you find comfort in the hobby of photography.

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  5. Domenia
    September 26, 2014

    I love this! It says a lot without many words.

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  6. Developing A New Image
    September 26, 2014

    M…I love the mystery that this image invokes. Welcome to BLC and may it bring you comfort & peace…en theos…j

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  7. May she continue to pursue her interest in photography so that the rest of us can applaud her beautiful photos. 🙂

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  8. thirdeyemom
    September 26, 2014

    Gorgeous! Keep shining your beauty through your photography and you shall see the light!:)

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  9. rachmathias
    September 27, 2014

    This is beautiful work.

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  10. Dreams and Zeros
    September 27, 2014

    WOW!! haunting and beautiful.

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  11. glasgowmango
    September 27, 2014

    It’s lovely.

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  12. NiinaMaria
    September 27, 2014

    I looked at the photograph thinking that it looks like Finland. It was. Loves it.

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  13. Tina Schell
    September 28, 2014

    Lovely; I especially liked the photographer’s comments.

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  14. maureenjenner
    September 28, 2014

    The velvet of a night skyline captured forever. Beautiful!

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