Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a writer based in Rochester, N.Y. Hank has had several close friends and family members struggle with mental illness. He lost a brother to suicide. Photography is a great escape during hard times, and during good times, a pure joy.
About this photo: “This photo, taken in a local park shortly after we got a puppy, captured my feelings about bringing an innocent creature into a world with so many dark currents. At the time, friends close to me were struggling with severe mental illness. Things are much better now, but this definitely captured my views at that time.”
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