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The Mourning

The Mourning - Self Portrait by Jaeda DeWalt

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: “For me, the mourning process is a lot like forgiveness. To move through my grief doesn’t mean I won’t still hurt, or yearn for what can never be. It’s about making a conscience choice not to let that pain rob me of all the wonderful things this universe has to offer. There is something excruciatingly difficult and equally exhilarating about starting anew.”

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6 comments on “The Mourning

  1. mirrorgirl
    January 11, 2017

    Thank you for sharing. It is always an inspiration to find people who have been through a lot, and still manage to do what they love and share it with the world.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. SwittersB
    January 11, 2017

    How beautiful and creative!!! Thank you for sharing Jaeda’s work. Inspiring

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Matthew Malin
    January 11, 2017

    Beautiful story and beautiful picture!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. jamiepg1
    January 12, 2017

    Nice story found it inspiring as moved from bipolar to programming and find the creative element interesting.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Trip Beam
    January 12, 2017

    Such a wonderful and inspirational story. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Livonne
    January 17, 2017

    Love it Jaeda!


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