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I Am the Movement

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and painter in her thirties from Northeast Kansas who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: “I am the movement: This tells the story of energy. Of recognizing my true nature and realizing that I am ok just the way I am. I am not all the things I’ve labeled myself with. I am the movement and the energy and love.”

Find more from Carrie at her website.

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10 comments on “I Am the Movement

  1. luro97
    May 30, 2015

    Thank you for putting into words and image what I needed at just this moment.

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  2. Rajiv
    May 31, 2015

    I follow her work. She is excellent

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  3. poemcollision
    May 31, 2015

    great picture and thanks a lot for sharing your story!

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  4. poemcollision
    May 31, 2015

    Reblogged this on poemcollision and commented:
    we are all the movement

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  5. bluebrightly
    May 31, 2015

    Beautiful photo, and wonderful thoughts.

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  6. Santosh Namby
    June 1, 2015

    Reblogged this on Santa's Reindeer.

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  7. dimdaze
    June 1, 2015

    A striking visual.

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  8. carrie hilgert
    June 8, 2015

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  9. Jaeda DeWalt
    October 10, 2015

    Carrie, it takes so much courage to share such personal struggles and even more so with the transparency of self-portraits. I love the ethereal feeling of this image. It encapsulates so many emotions. And the way you expressed it in words, “I am the movement: This tells the story of energy. Of recognizing my true nature and realizing that I am ok just the way I am. I am not all the things I’ve labeled myself with. I am the movement and the energy and love.”<— stunning, insightful and inspirational!

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