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It Only Says It’s Open

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Photo taken by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle has struggled with an anxiety disorder for most of his life. After a traumatic accident ended his career in health care, his life became unmanageable and he sought out the help that he so desperately needed. As a longtime photographer, when he found Broken Light Collective in an article it instantly resonated. He now runs a photography program at his local mental health association. He has since become a certified mental health peer specialist and advocate. He also writes local editorial and uses his platform to help erase the stigma of mental illness in his community.

About this photo: “I look at the sign and it invites me in. My own reflection however, keeps me on the other side of the glass. What was it that St. Paul said? Something about when perfection comes, then shall we see clearly? Was that it?

Sometimes when I look into that “Glass Darkly”, my reflection is the clearest thing I see.

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5 comments on “It Only Says It’s Open

  1. Karen
    March 30, 2017

    That moment– you’ve captured it. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Photography OCD
    March 30, 2017

    For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. dancingpalmtrees
    March 31, 2017

    This is a powerful statement. It speaks to me on so many levels.

    I was looking up the Bible verse he refers to when I discovered that there was a film dealing with mental health issues called Through a Glass Darkly

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Through_a_Glass_Darkly_(film)

    Synopsis:

    Through a Glass Darkly (film)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Through a Glass Darkly
    Såsom i en spegel.jpg
    The original Swedish poster
    Directed by Ingmar Bergman
    Produced by Allan Ekelund
    Written by Ingmar Bergman
    Starring Harriet Andersson
    Gunnar Björnstrand
    Max von Sydow
    Lars Passgård
    Music by Erik Nordgren
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Cinematography Sven Nykvist
    Edited by Ulla Ryghe
    Distributed by Janus Films
    Release date
    16 October 1961
    Running time
    89 minutes
    Country Sweden
    Language Swedish
    Through a Glass Darkly (Swedish: Såsom i en spegel – “As in a Mirror”) is a 1961 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, and starring Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow and Lars Passgård. The film tells the story of a young woman with schizophrenia spending time with her family on a remote island, and having delusions about meeting God, who appears to her in the form of a monstrous spider.

    The Bible Passage:

    1 Corinthians 13:12
    King James Version (KJV)

    12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

    Like

  4. dancingpalmtrees
    March 31, 2017

    Reblogged this on A Call to Witness and commented:
    The Bible Passage:

    1 Corinthians 13:12
    King James Version (KJV)

    12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

    Like

  5. BookOfBokeh
    April 12, 2017

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!

    Like

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