Photo taken by first-time contributor Celeste J. Heery, a 46-year-old woman from Virginia who has lived with depression for as long as she can remember. In 2004, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which had gone undiagnosed for many years because she did not know what mania was and therefore did not report her symptoms to her psychiatrist. With medication and psychotherapy, Celeste’s illness has become manageable, though problems still persist in her life as a result of the disorder, and she occasionally suffers from breakthrough depression.
About this photo: “This photo was taken in South Carolina, in an area where old barns are a part of the landscape. I was struck by the isolation and desolation of the lone structure, and my choice of sepia tint in post-processing helps to demonstrate the feelings I had experienced when I photographed it.”
Find more from Celeste at her website.