Spending winter and spring days in Traverse City can often leave you feeling down or depressed. I have suffered from anxiety and depression most of my life. This past year it had gotten especially bad. I started seeking the help of a counselor which instructed me to use my gift of photography to my own healing benefit. I am starting this personal project throughout the year around Northern Michigan which will be based on my battle with anxiety and depression. This is a very personal project for me but I know it will help me heal so that I can be a better person for my family. I hope you all enjoy this series as a window into my soul.
The image below is the first of my series. It is based on the quote by Gandhi, “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” This is based one the countless times I have been hurt by others. This doesn't make me unique by any means because everyone is hurt by someone along the lines but I felt the importance of adding it to my series as it played a role in shaping who I am today. This visual representation shows both sides of who I am. I am soft, kind hearted, and shy in many ways. The lion represents the other side of who I am. Strong, fierce, and if you cross me than prepare for the teeth to come bearing down. The lion is also a representation of my relationship with my Lord. My Aslan, my protector, and my trusted guider. With him he will protect me from everyone who has done me wrong, even myself, and leads me down the straight and narrow path. The broken wood back ground is a symbol for my life. Once it was a beautiful painted door, now there are cracks and paint chipping from the edges. Even the strongest materials breakdown eventually. This is the start of me.