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We All Need Band-Aids

Photo taken by contributor Samantha Pugsley, a 24-year-old conceptual fine art photographer from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning, shopping at the grocery story, driving her car…just living, was a panic attack waiting to happen. Photography helped her heal. With her camera she could start a conversation about what was going on in her head. She could say things with her images that she didn’t know how to say out loud. She still struggles with anxiety but making art helps her talk about it and manage it. She started a 365 photography project to ensure that she’d be doing what brings her joy every single day. She has noticed that her anxiety level is much lower if she spends time with her camera every day.

About this photo: “I shot this picture at an abandoned juvenile detention center very early in my photographic career. At the time, I was just starting to get treatment for my anxiety. I couldn’t get over how relevant this message felt to my own life.

Find more from Samantha at her website or flickr.


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4 comments on “We All Need Band-Aids

  1. words4jp
    November 12, 2013

    This is amazing. Truly an amazing picture. Very emotional and tragic.


  2. kleesbutterfly
    November 12, 2013

    Great pic!


  3. charlypriest
    November 13, 2013

    Creepy, haunting but at the same time beautiful. How do you manage to describe a picture like that with so many different words different meanings…the talent I guess of the photographer.


  4. Paula McLane Jennings
    November 13, 2013

    wow what a photo! How true. I relate so much to it also. I have MDD and GAD so I surely relate to it.


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