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Beauty Is In The Eye of The Beholder

Photos taken by contributor Shanna McKinney, a 40-year-old woman from Georgia who has struggled with an array of mental health challenges throughout her life. Only in the past few years during counseling for PTSD, anxiety, and depression, was she and the world introduced to Gidget, Squirt (Little Shanna), and Adrian, her dissociative identities. With the help of her alters, she is remembering and healing from sexual abuses from her past. Shanna took up photography early in her therapy to help ground her in the now, and help her see the beauty of today as she heals from the uglies of yesterday.

About these photos: “Last summer I looked high and low for bugs. I began to look for bugs everywhere. Spiders, walking sticks, stink bugs. The scarier the more beautiful they were to me.”

Find more from Shanna at her blog.


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9 comments on “Beauty Is In The Eye of The Beholder

  1. observenttallguy
    January 31, 2015

    As a big fan of most things entomological and arachnid I approve. Great to see this :0)


  2. alexvrince
    January 31, 2015

    Reblogged this on an everyday life blog.


  3. spencersamalvin
    January 31, 2015

    Way cool, Shanna! . .


  4. careabouteducation
    February 1, 2015

    Reblogged this on careabouteducation and commented:
    Nice pict. thanks


  5. Ben Palmer
    February 1, 2015

    I love these shots, well done 🙂


  6. dodgysurfer
    February 1, 2015

    Great shots and interesting subjects.


  7. Diana Perkins
    February 1, 2015

    Excellent photos of your beauties Shanna! Hoping that your dissociative identities take you to the place of healing that you are destined for.


  8. Anna
    February 2, 2015

    I love bugs and take pics of them too. These are beautiful!!


  9. bluebrightly
    February 3, 2015

    Great photos, and thanks for sharing your story. Keep making art!


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