Photo taken by contributor Morgan, a 20-year-old woman living in California. Morgan began experiencing depression and anxiety after her father tried to take his own life. Her mental health has improved greatly since that time, especially after having her daughter and feeling true unconditional love from someone. Morgan began to explore photography a few years ago as a way to escape.
About this photo: “I was in a verbally abusive relationship for about a year. The guy was a lot older than me. He was always trying to change me. Everything about me wasn’t good enough for him. Something always needed to be altered. Whether it be with my appearance or my personality. I was really young at the time and completely blinded by infatuation so, I did change myself for him. I turned into someone else. By the time I finally gained the courage to break away from his harsh and brutal words, I didn’t know who I was. His hurtful words still haunt me. Especially when I’m starting to feel really good about who I am and where I’m going in life. This photo was taken to describe how it feels to have someone’s unforgiving words stuck in your head. The shadow on my face is strategically placed to represent how I don’t feel whole. In his eyes, I was weak and useless but with each day that goes by, I realize that I am neither of those things. And I never will be.”
Find more from Morgan at her blog.