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Photo taken by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle is a health care professional in his forties who has battled depression and addiction for most of his life. He escapes by letting the camera become his mind’s eye, and hopes that each photo he takes allows others to see the world as he sees it, even for a split second.
About this photo: “Recently a close, lifelong friend passed from a 10 year struggle with cancer. She was an avid collector of antiquities and had made a considerable fortune doing so. When you walked into her house there was this huge glass case filled with old broken dolls and buckets (literally) of antique doll parts .. Limbs, heads, bodies, etc.. Many people found this to be disturbing and morbid until they asked her about them. She would stop what she was doing and start picking up every limb, head and doll and start explaining with such love the little stories she knew about each one. She would tell you about the magnificence of the paint work and the artistry behind each one. Every single hand or eyelash to her was a precious gem. That is how she lived her life, even throughout her illness. That just became a vehicle for her to help others. To the very end she became a champion for others who suffered and campaigned for free access to treatment for everyone. She won many national awards and gained many accolades for her work and her life was celebrated greatly posthumously. But those who were really close to her knew those things meant nothing. To her, broken dolls were the real things to be cherished as they created a conduit for her to become close to all who entered her home and life. You will be missed my friend……”