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Left Behind


Photo taken by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle is a 41-year-old health care professional who has battled depression and addiction for most of his life. He escapes by letting the camera become his mind’s eye, and hopes that each photo he takes allows others to see the world as he sees it, even for a split second.

About this photo: “Left Behind… This child’s shoe left in the rubble of an abandoned farm house evokes a sense of ghostly sadness in me. Why was it left behind? Did they have to leave so quickly that the child couldn’t take a shoe? It is as if the child was just playing there and vanished. Like Hiroshima shadows on a concrete wall. This image could be from any of the world’s conflict zones instead of an old farm house in the trees. It was taken during a bleak time in my life, and evokes the thought of the ghosts of what we have left behind.


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9 comments on “Left Behind

  1. daninstockholm
    January 14, 2015

    sensational photo and comment! Thank you for sharing!


  2. Bipolar Fabulous!
    January 14, 2015

    Reblogged this on Bipolar Fabulous . and commented:


  3. kmanderson11
    January 14, 2015

    Reblogged this on K.M. Anderson.


  4. suej
    January 15, 2015

    Heart-wrenching, powerful image


  5. Gene Butcher
    January 15, 2015

    Depression is EXACTLY why I picked up my camera again. Thank you for sharing this Kyle. I wish I would have found this blog earlier. Amazing.


  6. Blewbird
    January 15, 2015



  7. princessoftides
    January 15, 2015

    A Child forgotten.


  8. Diana Perkins
    January 15, 2015

    This photograph is emotionally direct, and powerfully haunting.


  9. eLPy
    January 19, 2015

    Haunting image for sure. You’re right this symbolizes a lot and its location is ambiguous. Good job.


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