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Gold in the Mountains

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Photo taken by contributor Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties. Don continued to be plagued by episodes of mania and depression, until one day in his early thirties it all came crashing down. His anxiety turned to severe panic attacks. Fear and paranoia consumed him. It would take years to get a concrete diagnosis. Ultimately, after a full three-day medical work up at a military hospital in DC, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, general and social anxiety, and ADHD. It was around that time when he picked up the camera he had laid down some years back, and began to shoot again. He liked being behind the camera’s lens. He felt safe there, sort of like when a child puts his hands over his own eyes, thinking you cannot see him. Some of his photographs have been published and won awards.

About this series: “I call this one my attempt at creating a Jackson Pollock; I can dream can’t I? This is one of my favorites. To me it appears to be gold, as in there is gold in the mountains. Autumn in the mountains is a special time of color. It seems to help overcome a black and white life.

Find more from Don on his blog.

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4 comments on “Gold in the Mountains

  1. James Work Photography
    August 10, 2017

    Don….so love hearing of another one’s story and struggle. It makes want to scream, see, I am not the only one. I kiddingly say I am hiding behind my camera, when I was never really kidding. I was safe there. People almost always identified me as the photographer, never by name which added to my hiding place….en theos …jasL

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  2. shaunkellett
    August 11, 2017

    What an amazing shot! Beautiful. I love the imagery of being invisible behind a camera lens… It can definitely feel like that extra layer of protection.

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  3. maureenjenner
    August 13, 2017

    You might like to take a look at the Survivors’ Poetry web page where those with difficulties can find a place to air their views on life.

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  4. michaelj51
    August 14, 2017

    Reblogged this on snave51.

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