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My Heart

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and portrait artist in her thirties from Northeast Kansas who was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. 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: “This photo is titled ‘Can You Feel the Beat of My Heart Beat Through Me?’ This is from a series on fear and uncertainty. Fear seems to be a recurring theme in my life, no matter how hard I fight it. Fear of abandonment, of not being noticed, of my mental illness consuming me, of what people will think if they see the real me, of losing my creativity and worst, of getting to the end of my life without having let all of the wonderful things inside me come out. This shot is about that heartbeat that is crying to come out. The passion that is breaking through the shell I built for most of my life..

Find more from Carrie at her blog or flickr.

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5 comments on “My Heart

  1. Rosie Martin
    January 6, 2015

    Must be hard fighting that kind of illness! She takes beautiful pictures! The color contrast is very nice!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. spencersamalvin
    January 6, 2015

    Great photo & caption, Carrie- hang in there- I think I know pretty much know where you’re coming from because I struggle with the same issues, i.e. bipolar depression/fear/anxiety, the longing to break through the protective shell & share great things from the inside . . am sending positive vibes your way! . .

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  3. North London Lass
    January 6, 2015

    Very moving story and image

    Like

  4. Rhys Jones
    January 7, 2015

    I have seen other self portraits taken by Carrie. She successfully uses photography to convey her feelings.

    Like

  5. premojas
    January 7, 2015

    Reblogged this on Dear Beloveds.

    Like

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