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What Nightmares Are Made Of


Photo taken by contributor SJ, a woman in her twenties who has been diagnosed with OCD, PTSD and psychosis. Photography has given her a focus, and an outlet to express the feelings that she finds difficult to process and explain.

About this photo: “This is a self portrait I took this week. I’ve titled it, What Nightmares Are Made Of. I’m in a dark place right now and this expresses the fear of my own mind and despair I feel right now.”

Find more from SJ at her Instagram.


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14 comments on “What Nightmares Are Made Of

  1. CalebRaves
    July 20, 2017



  2. anxiouswriter
    July 20, 2017

    Beautiful and haunting photo. Keep taking pictures, SJ, you’re very talented!


  3. Mike Ross
    July 21, 2017

    Nightmares are made up of our illusions which we insist are real. One day we will know exactly what is real and what is not.


  4. Sue
    July 21, 2017

    Great image….


  5. Lily Sánchez
    July 22, 2017

    Wow, breathtaking images!


  6. dimdaze
    July 23, 2017

    Totally awesome! The story this shot can tell. Great work.


  7. BookOfBokeh
    July 24, 2017



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