The Perks of Depression

One positive thing to come out of my recent bout with depression is the outpouring of love and support I’ve received from friends and family. Phone calls, texts, emails, cards, and the occasional gift here and there. (The wine was delicious. Thank you, @MelisPR.) I received a package in the mail yesterday from my cousin, Laura. Laura’s mother, my Aunt Joanie, married my Mom’s brother, Uncle Charlie.

(left to right) Laura, Uncle Charlie, Me, and Stacey

(left to right) Laura, Uncle Charlie, Me, and Stacey

Laura and Stacey (her sister) are a little bit older than I am (not that you could tell by looking at them – they are both disgustingly ageless) and I always looked up to them growing up. They both still live in Chattanooga, where my Mom is from. Laura, until just recently, was a photographer at the Chattanooga Times. She’s really talented, and I have long admired a series of photographs she did years ago. I think that the series was her “Masks” series. A series of women in black and white, some wearing masks, and speaking to the ways in which women mask things every day. I’m sure there was some kind of artist’s statement Laura put together that would explain it better than I can, but let’s just say I loved them the first time I saw them.

I was working from home on Friday and the mailman knocked on the door. It was a package. I took it inside and opened it up. What I found made me cry.


"Ten Cents a Dance"

“Ten Cents a Dance”


"Hiding in Plain Sight"

“Hiding in Plain Sight”


"Losing My Marbles"

“Losing My Marbles”


"The Domestic"

“The Domestic”


How thoughtful it was of her to take the time to send them to me, and to send me not just one, but four of them. One of the best gifts I have ever been given. They speak to me now more than ever. And yes, Laura has quite the sense of humor. Losing my Marbles. Good one. She also has a blog, Photos and Migraines, with some great recipes on it. Yep, she’s one of those super talented people that you want to hate, but you can’t, because she’s so sweet and immediately likable.


3 Responses to “The Perks of Depression”

  1. Becky says:

    Fantastic shots. And her blog is lovely too – thanks for sharing. Cousins rock.

  2. ashli says:

    How lovely and special. Glad to read this on a Monday morning. Made me smile.

  3. Laura McNutt says:

    Anne! What a wonderful thing to say! Thank you so much for the high praise. It means a lot coming from you – seriously. “Losing My Marbles,” was a tribute to my loss of Michael and how the depression that followed nearly killed me. It’s one of my favorite photos. The snapshot of us, however, is not one of my favorites – of me at least. 70s hair! But I do love it for the fact that Charlie is in it. We really loved him. He was always great, and such a character. Anyway, I’m glad you got the photos. And very glad you liked them. And if anyone needs a photographer, I’m very free these days after my recent layoff.

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