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Through The Swamp

Please welcome first-time contributor Hank Shaw, a man in his sixties from Rochester, NY. Hank lost a brother to undiagnosed mental health problems that resulted in suicide. Members of his extended family have also suffered from severe depression. Hank is a professional writer and amateur photographer.

About this photo: “I took this photo at Thousand Acres Swamp near Rochester because it captured my mood and view of life at the time. My wife and I had both lost our fathers. My mother was in rapidly declining health. The country was still intensely affected by a terrible recession. And other people I cared about were struggling with unemployment, depression and other important life issues. The act of photography itself was a great relief during this time. Life has improved dramatically since this point, and the change is also reflected in the images I now seek and capture.”

Find more from Hank at his web site.


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5 comments on “Through The Swamp

  1. Karen
    July 31, 2014

    Thank you Hank– a haunting photograph.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. intelligentwriting4business
    July 31, 2014

    thanks for posting this. take care. hs


  3. Anica Art Photography
    July 31, 2014

    Welcome Hank, – having lived with depression, I immediately recognised it in this superb photo! A moment of relief, when you can stand on this outside and see in…


  4. Leah Givens
    August 1, 2014

    Beautiful in the mood conveyed. Thanks for sharing, and I wish you all the best.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. luro97
    August 1, 2014

    A warm welcome to Broken Light. Your photo and story are truly moving. I, for one, am very grateful for you and your talent. Many thanks.


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