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Photo taken by contributor Tracy, a 30-year-old woman who lives with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in Glasgow, UK. Tracy has struggled with anxiety and depression for several years. She worked as an office assistant but was signed off work due to mental health issues. She deteriorated even more after that, with time spent in hospital, going to see counsellors, and lots of medications, with various side effects. She decided that she didn’t want to live like that anymore and she wanted to make her daughter proud of her, so she pushed herself to go back to college where she chose to study photography. She quickly realized how much she loved every aspect of photography. Although she still has very dark days, she continues to push herself and carry on doing what she loves.

About this photo: “I’ve called this image: Reality? The beautiful landscape outside, is this reality or is the dark?  Or both?  There is beauty out there you just need to reach out and let it in.  Being able to see it, knowing it is there but not quite within your reach can sometimes just be as dispiriting as being completely engulfed in the dark.”

Find more from Tracy at her website.


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8 comments on “Reality?

  1. Hank shaw
    April 30, 2015

    I hear you. Keep up the good work and the visual interpretations of what you’re experiencing inside. Very effective.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Ziya Tamesis
    May 1, 2015

    Reblogged this on a day with depression and commented:
    This photo really speaks to me.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. spencersamalvin
    May 1, 2015

    Very cool, thanks, Tracy . .

    Liked by 1 person

  4. spanishwoods
    May 1, 2015

    Love this.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. imaginarytree
    May 1, 2015

    I very much like the contrast of darkness and light in this photograph. Also, the different textures. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Great!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. vaesherry
    May 1, 2015

    Reblogged this on vaesherry's Blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Jeanette Clawson
    May 6, 2015

    Excellent metaphor and lovely photo!

    Liked by 1 person

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