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Photo taken by first-time contributor Nicole, a woman in her forties who has had a diagnosis of bipolar with psychosis for the past six years. Nicole has experienced symptoms, however, since she was 19. Nicole is married to an amazing husband and has four incredible teenagers. While her priority is her health and family, Nicole is also running a small photography business, taking on clients when she can. Last year was a particularly difficult year for her, with the longest depressive episode she had ever experienced, lasting almost the whole year. She required many hospitalizations and underwent numerous treatments, including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). For Nicole, photography is the only thing that seems to give relief to the overwhelming symptoms of her bipolar disorder.

About this photo: “This photograph was taken recently during a period of time whilst I was out of hospital and regaining my confidence as a photographer. I was still struggling with many day to day activities, but had set myself the task of taking a different photo each day, each with a different technical requirement. The technical aspect of this photo was to produce ‘bokeh’. Photography is the only activity I can do in which I completely forget how I am feeling and am totally focussed on the task at hand. It is my healing balm.


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8 comments on “Hope

  1. thesnappyhappy
    December 29, 2015

    Spectacular photo and story. Very inspiring. Thank you!


  2. Frank
    December 29, 2015

    Beautiful and dramatic closeup Nicole! Keep them comming!


  3. mishunderstood
    December 29, 2015

    Amazing photo.


  4. Liz Gilbert
    December 29, 2015

    Beautiful work. Truly amazing. I hope that you’re healing well too.


  5. bluebrightly
    December 29, 2015

    A beautiful photo, and what a journey you’ve had. It’s wonderful to lose yourself behind the camera, and we can lose ourselves for a moment in the photo, too.


  6. scrambler27
    December 29, 2015

    very beautiful photo! Being fully present and aware in the moment is so important and so difficult to do!


  7. lambabbly
    December 29, 2015

    Wonder-full. Thank you for sharing your gifts. Best wishes.


  8. Dreams and Zeros
    January 1, 2016

    Absolutely beautiful shot.


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