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The Places That Scare You


Photo taken by contributor Michael Ross, a 58-year-old man from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Michael has struggled with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder for most of his life. Photography helps him deal with the daily struggles, but sometimes becomes a battle of perfectionism.

About this photo: “Recently at 3am I decided to go to the Reading Pagoda in Pennsylvania to take a photo of the building all lit up. It’s at the top of a hill in a very bad area. When I finally got there I saw a crowd of people blasting music and throwing bottles over the cliff. I wanted the photo more than I wanted to run away in fear so I got out to look around.

Suddenly they all started to leave when one guy looked at me and screamed: YO YOU SNITCHED! I waited to see if he was going to shoot me but two cop cars rolled in with lights flashing. They told me to leave too but I convinced them to let me take a few shots since I drove almost an hour to get there.

The lesson I took from this is to go to the places that scare you, just not the Reading Pagoda alone at 4:00 in the morning on a Saturday night.”

Find more from Michael at his blog.


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4 comments on “The Places That Scare You

  1. Jason@Solace
    June 28, 2017

    Beautiful photo taken.


  2. daveyone1
    June 28, 2017
  3. Livonne
    July 4, 2017

    It was well worth facing your fear.. but probably not the best to go there at that time again.. beautiful photo


  4. BookOfBokeh
    July 24, 2017

    Good photo and great story!


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