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Flying Dreams

Dreams fly away...

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.

Find more from Ed on his blogFacebookinstagram, and 500px.

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6 comments on “Flying Dreams

  1. Photography OCD
    May 12, 2017

    I was reading your blog and I wanted to share something I believe is true, its by Otto Rank: For the only therapy is life. The patient must learn to live, to live with his split, his conflict, his ambivalence, which no therapy can take away, for if it could, it would take with it the actual spring of life.

    My therapist disagrees but she can’t get inside my head. Best of luck with your dream.

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  2. daveyone1
    May 13, 2017
  3. Nawfal
    May 15, 2017

    Can certainly understand…wishing Ed the best with finding strength and joy thru his creative endeavors.

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  4. maureenjenner
    May 15, 2017

    Reblogged this on Musings of a Penpusher and commented:
    Our thoughts can be free as the air if we let them fly just once in a while.

    Like

  5. BookOfBokeh
    June 1, 2017

    A photo with an intense and instant message. Well done.

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  6. thewintersdance
    July 30, 2017

    Ed, if you read these comments I want you to know that your struggles, and battles are shared by so many. This photograph is beautiful, and the sadness and longing for life as you knew it, can be fed immensely . As such you will be always in the hearts and minds of everyone who can truly see, and there is so many of us out there now. If the only peep hole into the world is the camera in our hands, we hold something solid and mindful to grab on to for even just a little while. Don’t give up! No, no! You can do this, just don’t look down anymore. There is nothing of use to see anyway, but up here is much to create and build . There is beauty in an empty canvas, a blank sheet of paper! It’s yours to use. Love and strength ! Simone’

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