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Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties who suffers from bipolar disorder, type II. She is a writer, photographer, life coach and mental health advocate. Danielle is also the founder and director of Broken Light Collective.

About this photo: “This past weekend I attended the Active Minds national conference at the University of Maryland, College Park, and had the honor of speaking about the mental health benefits of photography. While I was mostly focused on preparing my workshop or seeing the amazing keynote speakers (Frank Warren of Post Secret, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, and Kevin Briggs), I found time to sneak away and capture a bit of DC through my lens. Photography helped me find calm in an otherwise chaotic situation.” 

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9 comments on “Angular

  1. Jann @
    November 21, 2014

    Wow. A stunning image of an-oft photographed monument is certainly not a cliche in your treatment, Danielle. Wow.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. BookOfBokeh
    November 21, 2014

    I agree with Jean. Stunning!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. bikerchick57
    November 21, 2014

    Absolutely awesome!


  4. shortlandpalmer
    November 22, 2014

    Really beautiful capture 🙂


  5. Norm Yip
    November 22, 2014

    Simple and powerful.


  6. bluebrightly
    November 22, 2014

    What a beautiful photograph – and I think I see Orion there, don’t I? Thanks for telling us about the conference – sounds like it was a good one.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. spencersamalvin
    November 22, 2014

    Great shot & story, and thanks for founding and directing Broken Light Collective; I, too, have bipolar II and the BLC has really helped sustain me! . . .


  8. Jann @
    November 22, 2014

    I’m a UMD grad, and things have certainly ramped up since I was there. How wonderful you were able to be at seminar with such great minds; and again, I must say, it’s amazing you captured the totally non-cliched image of the Wash Monument, an icon so oft photographed. Sending you many pos wishes.


  9. eLPy
    December 2, 2014

    Really beautiful photo, and I love the color profile and light. Well done. Thanks for sharing about your conference too, it would be interesting to know more about it.


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