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Photo taken by contributor Ed, a photographer from Mexico City who was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety in 2007 after severe stress led to a professional, financial, and eventually emotional breakdown. He has battled depression, anxiety, obsessive thinking, and fearfulness his entire life, especially as a child and teenager, after a traumatic family experience. Recently, Ed has found relief from the daily struggles through mountaineering and caving, running, and riding his bicycle. Those activities seem to help mitigate some of the confusion and suffering in his head. After a period of relative health, his nerves were shaken again in 2016, and he is in the process of recovering from a confused, sad, and unstable state of mind. Photography is Ed’s passion and a way to connect with life and the world that surrounds him. It provides him with moments of tranquility and peace. Nature’s landscape and details is where he finds beauty in life. Ed is struggling to start making a presence in the fine art photography world. He is now blogging his images and thoughts on photography and life itself, as he attempts to reconstruct his life, against all challenges, and become all he can be.
About this photo: “Tough times in life, when all the burdens of life make its presence all at once, when all the ghosts one has to deal with come out from the shadows at the same time, when the health of the body and soul go away, and even the professional and economic life become a complete mess, the task list becomes so large and complicated… to fix this, you have to fix some other thing before, “but before that you have to”, “and before that”… Where to start!!, the existence becomes a chaos!, dealing with confusion and desperation trying to heal the mind and soul, which is hard enough on its own, while the financial side has everything on the face but a smile, all gets mixed into an obscure, tight and diffused entanglement! I sometimes feel so trapped inside of it… but I have to find the way out, its a matter of finding the right string!!”