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Winter Fog

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: “There was a time in my life when being alone was painfully lonely. Being alone kept some of my anxiety at bay but brought about depression because it was hard to be alone with my thoughts. It gave me time to obsess over my inability to communicate and my failures. It reminded me of all the ways I was broken. When I found photography and started creating, being alone morphed into something spiritual. Now, spending time alone gives me peace and a time to reflect instead of silence to self-deprecate. Creating the above image while standing in the quiet of this foggy morning is probably the most at-peace I have ever been in my entire life.

Find more from Samantha at flickr.


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9 comments on “Winter Fog

  1. Hank shaw
    December 21, 2015

    A very lovely and haunting image


  2. Frank
    December 22, 2015

    Beautiful lady with stunning background! Keep them comming Samantha!


  3. smilecalm
    December 22, 2015

    there’s a little
    light shining,
    outward 🙂


  4. Robert Crisp
    December 22, 2015

    Gorgeous shot.


  5. John Kelly
    December 22, 2015

    great atmosphere, I love this image, well done.


  6. Inspired Counselling
    December 22, 2015

    This is such a terrifying but also very peaceful scene for me? I love the words and meaning behind this picture. Benefits for being alone at times is underestimated by many people. Mindfulness for example. Stephen.


  7. I Mean Well.
    December 22, 2015

    Love this photo. The birds taking flight in the back round is just awesome.


  8. jasmindamaro
    December 22, 2015

    sehr schoenes bild es gruest jasmin damaro


  9. nicolás
    December 27, 2015

    Un buen ambiente y me gusta la presencia humana que resulta etérea. Me gusta. Saludos.


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