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A Cry From The Darkness

This self portrait belongs to my Eternal Storms series on depression, anxiety and other mental health issues: http:--www.sarahallegra.com-EternalStorms.html Th...
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This self portrait belongs to my Eternal Storms series on depression, anxiety and other mental health issues: http:--www.sarahallegra.com-EternalStorms.html These topics are still seen as quite taboo to discuss, something I hope to help with by portraying what living with them is like openly and honestly. Silence and shame never helped a single illness get cured. We need to be able to speak openly about our experiences, without judgement or fear, if we're ever going to healed from them.



During my recent health issues, I found my artistic outlets unavailable to me due to, say, several weeks of solid migraines and various other adventures. This always sends me into a state of depression. As I pictured how I felt, this was it. A big, ugly cloud of despair, depression, worthlessness, swirling around my head. But this time, unlike my last self portrait which explored a similar theme, I wanted to show hope at the same time. The cloud is surrounded, penetrated and pierced by beautiful, golden rays of light. The darkness cannot survive in the light. It will be broken up and dissipate. And while I know this will probably not be my last battle with depression, I also know that each round will eventually be over... and once again, the light will have won. That is the hope I cling to when the clouds cover me.


I'd like to mention and thank the very talented photographer, and someone I am proud to call a good friend, Robert Cornelius, http:--robertcorneliusphotography.com, and his Dust to Dust series: http:--www.robertcorneliusphotography.com-dust-to-dust-. It provided some great inspiration in my planning out of the darkness cloud. Thanks, Robert!!



See my blog for more about this image! https:--sarahallegra.wordpress.com-2015-11-23-a-cry-from-the-darkness-a-self-portrait- And while you're there, check out my post about my 2016 calendars being released, among other goodies you'll want for the holiday season :) https:--sarahallegra.wordpress.com-2015-11-17-2016-calendars-small-business-saturday-and-cyber-monday-



And, lastly, take a look at my book covers that were just released for Peter S. Beagle's new Amazon-exclusive Kindle book release: http:--www.amazon.com-s-ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=peter+s+beagle+sarah+allegra I cannot express how proud, pleased and honored I am to have my work grace his covers! If you're unfamiliar with Peter's writing (best known for The Last Unicorn and A Fine and Private Place) you are in for a TREAT!




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KenBrakefield December 04, 2015
I can literally feel your pain. This is an amazing piece Sarah.

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