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Photo taken by first-time contributor Quita, a teenager from England. She has experienced severe self-esteem and confidence issues since she was 14-years-old, around the start of her first set of formal exams. Although she wasn’t failing her subjects, the pressure of doing well whilst also keeping up with all her friends started to overcome her, and she ended up being diagnosed with major depression. She thinks depression is harder to go through than many people think. She found it hard to even talk to her mum about what she was feeling because she wasn’t sure herself, and it upset her mum to know Quita was going through things she couldn’t change. Quita has recently started to overcome some of her struggles with the help of her supportive boyfriend, along with photography. Taking photos has helped with her feelings of isolation, and she appreciates the freedom it gives her.
About this photo: “This photograph was taken recently for a photography project I’m doing at school about beauty. I wanted to put something ugly on top of something beautiful. I was in a less depressed place whilst taking it so I was generally happier with the outcome.”