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Happy Now

Photos taken by Rachel Ward, a 21-year-old woman from Charlotte, North Carolina. She recently experienced depression after living through a difficult breakup. The images were taken in Missoula, Montana, where she moved to study photography and find herself.

About these photos: In 2011, I got dumped. And it hurt. A lot. I had been with him since we were kids in high school, and I didn’t know how to just be myself. It took several rash decisions (including chopping all of my long, curly hair off at 4 AM) and several months of being depressed to finally start figuring my life out again. Then, I packed myself up and moved to Montana for photography school. While I was there, I kept working on myself, improving every day. But what is important is that I am myself, and I am finally happy now.

My artist’s statement from the project was simply this…

i showed him my pictures.
“i’m sorry,” he said.
“it’s okay,” i replied. “just tell me what you see.”
“i see us. i see what happened. it seems like you’re happy now.”
“that’s what i wanted you to see.”
i showed him my pictures.
i wanted him to know.

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7 comments on “Happy Now

  1. jmphotographyonline
    October 11, 2012

    Very powerful set of images!

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  2. Moni
    October 11, 2012

    Beautiful and powerful.

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  3. jmgoyder
    October 11, 2012

    Inspiring!

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  4. Darla Welchel
    October 12, 2012

    I would say she is one her way to a healthier and happier self! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. aprilkerley
    October 12, 2012

    Beautiful photographs!

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  6. Shannon
    October 12, 2012

    A lot of women chop off their hair in response to breakups.

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  7. Tiger Lillies
    November 13, 2012

    Bravo to you!! That’s the way to come back! I’m so happy for you. Wishing you much success in the future. Your photographs are stunning by the way.

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