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Drowning

Please welcome first-time contributor Ruby, a 20-year-old woman from England who has suffered from depression for the past eight years. As she nears the end of her degree in photography, she has decided to turn the camera on herself to try to understand, and learn to healthily cope with, the depression that overwhelms most of everyday.

About these photos: “I find it difficult to photograph anything other than myself at the moment. I feel self-involved and closed off, but I’m starting to see myself more. Am I drowning, or just treading water.”

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10 comments on “Drowning

  1. shaktidurga1111
    March 2, 2015

    Reblogged this on artopia carnivale and commented:
    Amazing story!!! greatness!

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  2. shoe1000
    March 2, 2015

    Thank you for the courage to say where life is for you today. I too cannot seem to get to any other place than my own self in my life and it hurts like hell. Thanks again
    Jim

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  3. spencersamalvin
    March 2, 2015

    Nice, keep trying to understand, cope, & share, & you will not drown, Ruby . .

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  4. spencersamalvin
    March 2, 2015

    Hang in there Jim . .

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  5. Paul Falcone
    March 2, 2015

    This is a beautiful portrait and I love the idea of “treading or drowning” in context with the picture. They relate and accurately describe depression, as its a constant battle to stay afloat. I too suffer from depression and can instantly identify with the picture as if it were myself. And to me, that is when you know you’ve made great art. Keep learning to cope, and keep fighting the fight. You are loved.

    I run a blog on mental illness called “Dear Hope”, join the community here: wemustbebroken.wordpress.com

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  6. semajchaffee
    March 2, 2015

    Jesus is life; life as life was created to be.

    Like

  7. Laurie Free
    March 2, 2015

    courage!

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  8. suej
    March 3, 2015

    Great image Ruby, as someone else has said, keep trying to understand, cope….I wish you well

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  9. meticulousmick
    March 3, 2015

    Stunning image with impact. 🍀

    Like

  10. Rhys Jones
    March 3, 2015

    I love the image. You look frail, vulnerable, and desperate. And the way you are looking out of the frame suggests you are seeking something better.

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