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: “During my years as a young student at high school and college in my mind sprung several dreams about the great possibilities that were about to open in my life after graduating. Since then I wanted to live my life as a nature photographer, the biggest of all my dreams. My dealings with depression and anxiety have taken me away from the path I wanted to take. This image represents for me those dreams, which could be at arms reach but instead are high in the air, vanishing, taken away by mean gusts of wind to unreachable heights where I’m only able to stare at them swirling in the joy they keep for themselves.”