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Walls and Bars


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: “Sometimes we feel that we are held in a prison by our diagnosis and stigma. However when we work together to offer each other support, those prison walls become doors to opportunity.”


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7 comments on “Walls and Bars

  1. mentalhealthmeanderer
    March 21, 2015

    I love this picture. It talks to me on so many levels. I love the style and beauty in it, but the deeper levels are obvious too. Thank you for posting it

    Liked by 1 person

  2. chrisrenney
    March 21, 2015

    You are outside of the bars – you do not have to be trapped behind them. This is a wonderful image. Keep well.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Frances D
    March 21, 2015

    I like what Chris wrote above – “You are outside of the bars -” Be well.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. kmanderson11
    March 21, 2015

    Reblogged this on K.M. Anderson and commented:
    My latest .. I’m coming up to a year in recovery…it’s hard to believe.. This is the longest I’ve been clean since I was 13.. If it were not for those that believed in me and BrokenLight collective.. I’m not sure where I would be

    Liked by 1 person

  5. maureenjenner
    March 22, 2015

    Photography, drawing, painting can, like writing, bring cathartic release – a form of physical synergy expressed through hands and fingers.


  6. chrisrenney
    March 22, 2015

    The thing about creativity is that some of the very best is fired by great personal difficulties. Congratulations on being where you are today – you count, your being here counts, your work counts.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. kmanderson11
    March 22, 2015

    Thank you so much.. Words cannot express what your comments mean to me.. They have done more to strengthen my recovery than any clinical establishment . Only those who have paid their dues in hell can truly envision heaven


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