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.