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Escaping Negativity; Ibiza

Photo taken by contributor Emma, a 19-year-old from the north east of England. Over the past few years she has visited dark patches of depression and lack of self worth with severe feelings of hopelessness. She’d like to say it’s just been a spot of sunshine and showers, but in reality she’s had giant ups and even more giant downs. She’d rather not disclose the reasons for this but would rather celebrate a hopeful end to this ‘bipolar time’ in her life, as expressed by this photo. She’s a student of English literature and creative writing but she is thinking of pursuing a nursing degree after this, as she wants to help people. She loves photography because each photo can be a snapshot of a feeling.

About this photo: “This photograph was taken off the back of a boat off the coast of San Antonio, Ibiza. I feel this photo represents trying to escape negativity. I think it captures that feeling of abandonment and recklessness when you’ve just dealt with worry after worry and stress after stress. It’s that definite moment when you think: I’ve had enough I just want to be happy, and that is the magical point, where things can change. This image signifies the end of holding burdens. A break from the constant naggings of my mind. A bright, dangerous, illuminating release.

This photo may seem like we’re leaving the sun behind, but the thing is, we can’t see what is ahead. That’s the magic, we just don’t know, but let us hope its loads and loads of sunshine, and no showers at all.”

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3 comments on “Escaping Negativity; Ibiza

  1. tlamberty
    January 22, 2013
  2. Meg
    January 23, 2013

    That is THE magical point in depression, isn’t it? Blessed be.

  3. jakesprinter
    January 25, 2013

    Great subject of photography for beyond :)

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