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Hidden in Shadows

Please welcome first-time contributor Ynne Black, an 18-year-old from the Czech Republic. Ynne has suffered from depression for several years to varying degrees. It causes her chronic insomnia and occasional anxiety. Her main escape from reality is art

About this photo: “This is probably my darkest photography so far. The make-up is meant to symbolize tears, if they only became visible. A person is hidden in shadows, torn and anxious, symbolizing inner struggle and uncertainty what to do – but no one can see it.

Find more from Ynnes at her blog.

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15 comments on “Hidden in Shadows

  1. Chantel Keona
    January 9, 2015

    Cool!

    Like

  2. sustainabilitea
    January 9, 2015

    Very dramatic!

    janet

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  3. jimholroyd365
    January 9, 2015

    Indeed, a very dramatic image.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Baz
    January 9, 2015

    This photo hits me hard. Someone I know recently passed away by committing suicide. It was very unexpected, but, like the author wrote, her tears weren’t visible to any of us, so we had no idea how severe her inner struggle was. I’ve never personally known how difficult severe depression is, but the main thing I know is to get professional help, medication, and surround yourself with loved ones. These all anchor you back to life.

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    • Ynne
      January 10, 2015

      I’m so sorry to read what you had to go through… I just hope you don’t put the blame on yourself.

      Like

  5. Karen
    January 9, 2015

    I identify with Baz’s response. I have gone through times of great isolation, but often help was so much closer than I knew. Thanks for letting this darkness show in your photograph.

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  6. suej
    January 9, 2015

    Powerful photograph….

    Like

  7. luciledegodoy
    January 9, 2015

    Very powerful.

    Like

  8. quarksire
    January 9, 2015

    wow……… love & light 2 u …. Q

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  9. tt4r
    January 9, 2015

    No one can see you inside but can feel. I like how what’s immediately around the eye is your “I” inside.

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  10. josephong
    January 9, 2015

    The picture is impressive.

    Like

  11. Ayeh
    January 10, 2015

    Beautifull

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  12. rachmathias
    January 10, 2015

    Reblogged this on rachmathias.

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  13. Rob Weir
    January 10, 2015

    Great impact

    Like

  14. Victoria C. Slotto
    January 11, 2015

    This tells such a story. Amazing.

    Like

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