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Into the Light

Please welcome first-time contributor Matthew, a 34-year-old from Australia, currently based in Singapore, who for a number of years has fought a battle with substance and alcohol abuse. Photography has played a large part in his recovery. It forces him to live in the moment, to focus on those subtle but special moments where scenes play out that reflect his past and present.

About this photo: “I traveled a lot for work. I used to love the freedom of not having anyone watching over me whilst I was in exotic places such as London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Mumbai. Of course to an addict this is free reign, to lock oneself away and consume. Hong Kong was always one of my favourite places to do this. In recovery I have used photography as a means to fill the darkness that consumed me and when in these cities to venture out and explore. This image to me captures that transition of recovery, escaping the monotony and darkness and re-entering the world as a productive and healthy member of society. I love the umbrella, it says to me that it still rains while in recovery, not everything will be perfect, but the tools are with me to walk through the rain.”

Find more from Matthew at his website.


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12 comments on “Into the Light

  1. luro97
    May 14, 2015

    Amazing shot! A wonderful film noir feel. Greetings and welcome to Broken Light.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. teresa dickson
    May 14, 2015

    Love the way the light is falling. Lovely.


  3. A-is for Anima
    May 14, 2015



  4. Alexa Jean
    May 14, 2015

    I love this shot, there’s something so pleasing about the lines and shadows.


  5. dimdaze
    May 14, 2015

    Stunning use of light and lines.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. karen
    May 14, 2015

    Thanks– this is a lovely shot. I also really like the stripes of light and darkness– passing through both.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Dustin John
    May 15, 2015

    What a great picture. It tells a story. Keep fighting Mathew! Sobriety is far better than the alternative.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. weemogsy10
    May 15, 2015

    really like thisB&W photos are my faviroute


  9. mohimeh
    May 15, 2015

    Reblogged this on Progressive Regression.


  10. N.| lifeiscreative
    May 16, 2015

    Wow, I am amazed by your shot.

    Check out my recent food photography:


  11. themanofletters
    May 17, 2015

    Reblogged this on The Man of Letters and commented:
    Great image!


  12. bluebrightly
    May 25, 2015

    Wonderful story, and photo. Good luck to you.


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