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Esoteric Enchantress

Photo taken by contributor Jaeda DeWalt, a conceptual self-portrait artist in her forties from Seattle, Washington. Her battles with mental illness hearken back to her earliest memories, at age four, when she became obsessed with the number four and performed exhaustive rituals in patterns of four. During her teen years, she began noticing extreme mood swings, manic one moment and depressed the next, and in her late 20′s she finally sought treatment and was diagnosed with Bipolar, OCD, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD from the trauma of being sexually abused as a child into her young adult years. Her life was filled with self-destructive coping methods until she went full force into creating, in her mid-twenties. The process of creating and putting herself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing. The photographic medium opened up a new world to her and ignited a kind of passion within that she didn’t even know she was capable of experiencing. She has been on an ever-evolving, healing journey, ever since.

About this photo: “Esoteric Enchantress – Self Portrait. Having an esoteric nature is as exciting and enticing—as it is isolating. I can feel people being drawn in and simultaneously pushed away, from this strange creature I recognize as being—my truest self.”

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8 comments on “Esoteric Enchantress

  1. Rob Moses Photography
    October 5, 2016


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  2. alesiablogs
    October 5, 2016

    I write about how hard life is at times and am always touched by this blog

    Liked by 1 person

  3. nehal
    October 8, 2016

    Reblogged this on Nehal's World and commented:
    I follow this blog for their beautiful and positive approach towards healing! It’s a great initiative and I hope you’d like to know about it.


  4. nehal
    October 8, 2016

    Mesmerising creativity! Thanks for allowing reblog. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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