Photo taken by first-time contributor Lucey Keast, an 18-year-old student photographer from Cornwall, England. During her first few weeks of university Lucey began to feel sad and low to an upsetting degree. At first she thought it was just homesickness until it became worse and she was crying all the time. She discussed the feelings with her study skills tutor and councilor, and decided it was time to see the doctor. She was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and put onto medication. Lucey had been interested in photography for around six years and started to follow her passion when things got tough. She is now on track to earn a photography degree. Lucey finds that photography helps her to stay calm and in control. It also helps her express herself. Lucey is doing better now, she has good days and bad days, but she is determined to receive her degree.
About this photo: “A mental illness can bring up all kinds of feelings and emotions. For me it feels as if I’m drowning in these feeling and emotions. The feeling that I’m wrong in some way, the voices in my head, these things take over and I begin to feel myself going under. I wanted to show this through a visual metaphor so I created this photograph. However, there is a way out of mental illness. The bubbles represent hope, as they’ve reached the surface, they made it out. So just keep going, one bubble at a time.”
Find more from Lucey at her Facebook page.