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Authentic Self

Please say a warm hello to first-time contributor Mark Maya, a 30-year-old photographer from Durham, North Carolina, who was recently diagnosed with bipolar II.  Mark has used photography to treat and express himself for about four years now. He is currently doing a yearlong self-portrait project.

About this photo: “This self portrait is one of the most authentic that I have taken. It communicates who I am to a “T”: Tense and ready yet calm and closed all at the same time.” 

Find more from Mark at his website.


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5 comments on “Authentic Self

  1. hank shaw
    September 29, 2014

    a very impressive portrait…stark and affecting.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. sixdegreesphotography
    September 29, 2014

    Well done on the Self portrait.. very honest..


  3. newskydiver
    September 30, 2014



  4. BookOfPain
    September 30, 2014

    It takes courage to be honest, great courage!


  5. sirgeorge1960
    October 3, 2014

    I love taking hard look at oneself. Nice.


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