Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences with mental illness were a catalyst for her to discover her creative and spiritual gifts. She is now on a positive journey of wonder and change, using those gifts to help others.
About this photo: “When I am in a major depressive episode, sometimes it helps to photograph myself. To say, here I am. I still exist. I’m more solid than I feel. I’m not sure why I’m here or why I need to be, but at this moment, this was me.”
Find more from Carrie at her website