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Self 2

Photo taken by contributor Tracy, a 30-year-old woman who lives with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in Glasgow, UK. Tracy has struggled with anxiety and depression for several years. She worked as an office assistant but was signed off work due to mental health issues. She deteriorated even more after that, with time spent in hospital, going to see counsellors, and lots of medications, with various side effects. She decided that she didn’t want to live like that anymore and she wanted to make her daughter proud of her, so she pushed herself to go back to college where she chose to study photography. She quickly realised how much she loved every aspect of photography. Although she still has very dark days, she continues to push herself and carry on doing what she loves.

About this photo: “This is from a series I did as part of my documentary class, where we had to show something about ourselves. I chose to show this side of me, not a part of myself I share with many people. I hide it as much as possible. I didn’t want it to be all gloom and doom though, I wanted to show that there is hope, that there is light at the end of the very dark tunnel. I’m not at the other side yet, but I can see the light. Even if it still feels out of reach, I know it is there.”

Find more from Tracy at her website.


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8 comments on “Self 2

  1. Rob
    December 20, 2014

    Wow, this is an incredibly powerful photo!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. susanheney
    December 20, 2014

    Reblogged this on shensea.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Louise Whiting
    December 20, 2014

    Very emotive, I know how therapeutic photography is, well done for fill your heart!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Louise Whiting
    December 20, 2014

    That was meant to be following [predictive text isn’t always a good thing!]

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Lexi Green
    December 21, 2014

    How honest and beautiful. I struggle with the same issues and I don’t know if I could share it so graphically and publicly, even as a photographer.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. kate1975
    December 24, 2014

    Beautiful. And a powerful image. You have a lot of courage.


    Liked by 2 people

  7. mrsanderson601
    December 28, 2014

    Thank you everyone, your comments mean a lot to me 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  8. spencersamalvin
    March 2, 2015

    I love your eye, thank you, Tracy . .

    Liked by 2 people

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