Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Grateful

Depression
"Black bird," Tim Connor, All rights reserved

In the past three months we've had serious health problems in my family. I did what I had to do, & I did my best. This got more & more difficult. My own photography & writing came to an almost complete halt. To continue taking care of my family, I realized I would have to confront my own depression.

Depression is something I don't write about. I've suffered from it since I was a teenager, maybe before, but I don't think I have anything special to tell someone else. I've been lucky because depression rarely knocks me out of the game entirely, the way it does some people. Certain days might be like mountain-climbing in a suit of armor, but I'm generally able to keep plodding through my routines. It's taking the leaps -- of trust & creativity -- taking the initiative, being spontaneous; it's believing in my purpose that I sometimes can't manage. The feeling isn't so much pain as a kind of exquisite vulnerability. Especially on the topic of my own claim to the title "artist," I am as though skinned-alive. I want only to withdraw, go to ground, stop feeling, go to sleep.

For me photography is difficult in depression. Writing is almost impossible. I find that antidepressants help a lot in general, but in this one area of creative confidence, not at all. Though I continue to see photographs, & the words still course through my brain, I somehow can't take the picture or write the sentence. I just can't do it.

I didn't post in this blog from December 14th of 2009 till 2 days ago. It is a mysterious instance of grace that my depression has lifted & I can do so again.

I am grateful.

5 comments:

sylvia said...

It's good to see you back. :)

Chris Bonney said...

Grateful. As are we. I know something of this demon, too. A pretty serious strain of it runs through my mother's family all the way from great grandparents up through my generation and into the next one. My own is more of a lingering nuisance these days, not enough to require clinical attention, but present enough to keep me from forgetting about it. Hang in there! Don't forget to take care of yourself while you're taking care of others.

Christine (CA) said...

Keep on truckin'

Analytic Approach to Style said...

great news, I just want to say you were greatly missed. your photos define NY better than anything else does to me, and I'm sure to a lot of people aswell.
hope everybody in your family is feeling better now.

much love.
http://analyticapproachtostyle.blogspot.com/

Tim Connor said...

Thank you all