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Living In My Car

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.”


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4 comments on “Living In My Car

  1. Laura L.
    April 27, 2015

    Very powerful image that does really convey the feeling of despair and being fractured. While I’m not living out of my car, I’ve been 99% homeless, unemployed and, yes, I can relate. It is important for the images here to reflect the dark times for those affected with mental illness and everything it touches.

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  2. Hank Shaw
    April 27, 2015

    very creative and very effective


  3. BookOfBokeh
    April 28, 2015

    Sweet good God but this is a moving image and post! Good luck my brother, I wish you the best and hope things improve greatly soon!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. bluebrightly
    April 28, 2015

    It’s a tough disease and we can see it has ravaged your family, but there are gifts, and there are possibilities. Keep putting your thoughts and feelings out there, by image and word, and take care.


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