I lie to myself
My feet burrowing deep into the sands of denial
But my body reveals the truth
The physical manifestations are clear
The past is resurfacing
With it the fear
Waves of anxiety washing over me
As my appetite ebbs and weaves
Self temporarily lost
Poem by Jaeda DeWalt
ABOUT THIS IMAGE
This is a deeply personal image for me, symbolizing the shame and silent suffering associated with surviving sexual abuse.
I had to wade through the darkness of surviving, an abusive childhood, to come out into the light. I am happy to say i have arrived at a good place in my healing journey. This image, my words, they reflect a time and...
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I am a self-taught taught artist that discovered my passion of photography, back in 1995, while writing my first book, Haunting Hands. A book initially intended to be a collection of poems i had written about surviving a difficult childhood. I decided it would feel more personal if i created the cover for the book myself. Shortly thereafter, i purchased a camera and turned my living room into a makeshift studio. I did a series of self-portraits and then another and another. The process of creating and putting myself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing....
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