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Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and portrait artist in her thirties from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: “I took this the day I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I’ve suspected for a while that this was going on. This portrays the contradictory pull of the different sides of me that come out, sometimes quite rapidly.

Find more from Carrie at her blog or flickr.


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13 comments on “Split

  1. spencersamalvin
    November 22, 2014

    Great stuff, Carrie! . . .

    Liked by 2 people

  2. spencersamalvin
    November 22, 2014

    Am sharing . .

    Liked by 2 people

  3. suej
    November 22, 2014

    Brilliant, creative image….very expressive

    Liked by 4 people

  4. imaginarytree
    November 22, 2014

    This is a wonderful photograph! I love how you captured “the pull from different sides” . Excellent work, Carrie.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. A-is for Anima
    November 22, 2014

    Nice! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  6. karifrances
    November 22, 2014

    Wow, great job capturing the torture of conflict and indecision within ourselves. I love how one part of the self is standing by, perhaps unsure of how to proceed, while other parts continue to battle. Very powerful. Thank you.

    Liked by 3 people

    • autisticaplanet
      November 22, 2014

      I agree! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    • carrie hilgert
      November 23, 2014

      it’s just nice to know this is something that is outside myself causing such a contradiction in me.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. bluebrightly
    November 23, 2014

    So well done!

    Liked by 2 people

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