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Dark Place

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Photo taken by first-time contributor Julie, a California-based photographer who also works in film. She’s been battling anxiety and depression for over ten years, suffering from panic attacks in between. Julie was initially put on medication for depression in her early twenties, but it did not seem to help her and she eventually stopped taking it. During her most recent depressive episode she finally mustered up the courage to seek out help when she couldn’t keep going and is now being treated for bipolar II. She finally feels like she is being treated correctly, but still has many down days in between. Julie finds a lot of peace in creating art, especially photography. It takes her mind off of the pain and serves as a temporary distraction.

About this photo: “I took this photos when I was in a really dark place. I had just gone for a run which usually helps, but I just couldn’t shake it. I put on my headphones, grabbed my headlamp and headed outside. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to capture but I work a lot with long exposure and love the look. I let myself go and just expressed how I felt in that moment. I’m pleased with the results and look forward to doing more of this work.

Find more from Julie at and Instagram @jghoulia or @s.chev_photo


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5 comments on “Dark Place

  1. Don Gregorio Antón
    November 5, 2018


    So great to see new forms of personal expression once again gracing BROKEN LIGHT! Thank you for providing us with such inspiration and that courage necessary to answer the questions we all must answer in our own ways.

    Julie, I wish you every challenge that will further your vision and retain your sense of ownership in your world. Belief is only as strong as the believer. This photograph gives proof of that . . .

    All the best,

    Don Gregorio Antón

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mike Ross
    November 5, 2018

    Great photos Julie. What’s a touch and go chess party? It looks and sounds like a classy Three-card Monte game.


  3. bluebrightly
    November 8, 2018

    So expressive ! I hope you do more of these, and I hope the darkness subsides, and you can find a middle ground where you still feel good, and alive.


  4. Inside the Mind of Isadora
    November 12, 2018

    Love the visuals which can lead the viewer into many places.
    Isadora 😎


  5. maureenjenner
    November 14, 2018

    A captivating moment and resulting image.


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