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Running From Myself

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed in December of 2012. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last five years.

About this photo: “This photograph represents how I feel often, that I am running from myself, trying to be something that I am not. I pretend to be strong lots of times, and actually I am much more weak in many ways that I let others to see.

Find more from Teija at her blog.


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12 comments on “Running From Myself

  1. tinaartishere
    November 4, 2015

    This photo is really good.
    Once I heard that depression can lead you to death or to enlightment.
    For me whatever expression of Arts is perfect to enlightment, so go on making photos Teija, you are amazing!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kevin Gardner
    November 4, 2015

    love your photos keep up the good work.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. michaelj51
    November 5, 2015

    Reblogged this on snave51.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Frances D
    November 5, 2015

    She’s just beautiful. Sending good vibes her way.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. BookOfBokeh
    November 5, 2015

    Having followed your blog for so long, I am always confounded at how well you capture and show feminine weakness and strength. This picture is just another great example of that!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. uwoodtrendsetter
    November 6, 2015

    This is extraordinary! I had to share this on pinterest! Your photo captured the content beautifully! I hope she doesn’t let life get her down! 🙂


    Liked by 1 person

  7. badfish
    November 10, 2015

    I understand. I play hide and seek with myself sometimes. But you know, I’ve come to understand that life is not as serious as we make it.

    Liked by 1 person

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