Photo taken by first-time contributor Mike Abraham, a man in his early fifties from central Ontario, Canada. Mike was an alcoholic and suffered from depression by the age of 25. Anxiety disorder entered in to the equation in his late thirties and it would be another ten years and a failed marriage before he found his salvation through spirituality, animals, and rediscovering his first love – photography. Taking pictures was something he loved as a teen but put aside when life got in the way. He likes to capture images that celebrate light and spirit but sees the beauty in abandoned houses and barns as well. He likes to capture the story they tell of life, loss, and aging through their haunting transformations.
About this photo: “I call this photo “Choose.” It reminds me of the choice that we all have before us: light or darkness. The state of the room, located in an abandoned farm house in north-central Ontario, represents the price of standing still as life passes by for me. It seems dark at first, but there is a bright and inviting alternative. It just needs to be chosen.”