Photo taken by first-time contributor Annali, a 49-year-old mother and teacher from Massachusetts who has struggled throughout her life with depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. In her twenties, she was diagnosed with PTSD, and for the past four years she has been struggling with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Since the beginning of her temporal lobe seizures, she has been taking photos as a way of journeying back to her own personal center and truth, both of which have been shattered over and over again by mental and physical challenges as well as life events.
About this photo: “The photo was taken in Venice, Italy, in the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli. It is minimally edited and tries to express the overwhelming struggle and effort needed to get oneself out of the darkness and reaching out towards light, hope, and new life: the miracle of becoming whole.”