Imagined Reality

Hello Everyone, Enjoy some art from the PHEAL blog and today's guest blogger, Colleen Mann . Colleen is a senior at Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in Fine Art Photography.  She became interested in photography when she was 9 years old, but started shooting more when she got out of treatment. "Photography is a great coping mechanism for me!"

I started making this body of work a little over a year ago, while I was in solid recovery. I felt like I needed to make this work to help me understand my illness better. These self-portraits are allowing me to view myself in a space to better grasp this new, weight-restored body. When I was still trying to recover, I could not see my body as it truly was and I know that these images have helped me do that.I now see that the imperfections of myself are beautiful as they are. I truly believe that this photo project challenged my eating disorder and made it more afraid of ever trying to come back!

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