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Levitation; A Release from Abuse


Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a 36-year-old photographer and self-portrait artist from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: “I took this during October 2012 to commemorate my new life and release from any and all abuse that I’ve been through in my life, from childhood on.” 


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14 comments on “Levitation; A Release from Abuse

  1. Kerry Dwyer
    January 21, 2013

    Great picture and sentiment.


  2. adriana
    January 21, 2013



  3. abitjuakali
    January 21, 2013

    Reblogged this on some serious jua kali.


  4. Oregon Kool-Aid
    January 21, 2013

    Reblogged this on Turnstile Eyes and commented:
    Reminds me of a Rez One photo


  5. Geo Sans
    January 21, 2013

    keep rising Carrie …


  6. seeker
    January 21, 2013

    What an excellent way to rise above depression. You have talent. Take good care of yourself, ok!


  7. luro97
    January 21, 2013

    OH WOW! No limits for you! Way to go!


  8. Syncopated Eyeball
    January 22, 2013

    What a wonderful image. Bravo!


  9. Valarielovelight
    January 22, 2013

    When I look at this photo, I think something or someone is always holding us up even though we may not see it! Makes you think.


  10. Terry722
    January 25, 2013

    Reblogged this on Mahoneyville Movies.


  11. fgassette
    January 30, 2013


    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.


  12. Phoport
    February 6, 2013

    Proud of you and your work.


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