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Caught in Her Own Chaos

Photo taken by contributor Samantha Pugsley, a conceptual fine art photographer in her twenties from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning, shopping at the grocery store, driving her car…just living, was a panic attack waiting to happen. Photography helped her heal. With her camera she could start a conversation about what was going on in her head. She could say things with her images that she didn’t know how to say out loud.

About this photo: “On the days where my anxiety is really bad, it’s impossible for me to see anything but the dread and worry. I decided to be as literal as I could be while creating this. In this image, the woman wears a beautiful dress and holds a beautiful bouquet but she can’t see them to experience their beauty. She is caught in her own chaos, oblivious to everything around her.”


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6 comments on “Caught in Her Own Chaos

  1. AJ
    June 24, 2015

    Powerful. I can relate and understand where you are coming from. Thank you for sharing.


  2. luro97
    June 25, 2015

    That’s just awesome! Thank you for posting this.


  3. Dynaries
    June 25, 2015

    Very nice picture….


  4. andy townend
    June 26, 2015

    stunning and very moving…


  5. rversteeRobert
    August 3, 2015

    a wonderfull image, enough room over to imagine something, great one


  6. blueribbonfair
    January 13, 2016

    So appropriate for how it feels to live with terrible anxiety. I love your illustration for it.


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