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Photo taken by contributor Ty Fitzgerald, a man who has been diagnosed with Bipolar II. Ty has a fondness for Lo-fi and Lux filters because they intensify shadows, highlights and colors. Such photos visually represent the way he sees the world, a little brighter and darker than he imagines those without bipolar disorder see the world.
About this photo: “This photo is a visual depiction of how I feel. It is skewed and disturbing because there are no eyes in the image of myself. It was shot in the stained metal mirror of the public bathroom where I bathe and shave. I was recently kicked out of my house and am living in my car. I have not seen my kids in 6 months. They won’t even talk to me. They are all in therapy. Two of them are on psych meds. I am very worried about them and how I caused their anxiety, fear and depression. I feel abandoned and alone and angry at myself for acting out over the years. I never knew life could be this horrible. I still have a job, am seeing a psychiatrist, and taking my meds, which help me from going over the edge, but other that I am all alone and filled with despair and remorse.”