You Have To Dream And Keep Dreaming. You Have To Hope And Keep Hoping. But Most Of All, You Have To Love Yourself And Keep Going. Last night, I attended the launch of the @emmahackartprize … as a finalist, with the people who care for me the most, and I them. “Queen of Her Own Dreams” definitely depicts me, my identity as an individual and how I feel right now. In the digital age, I’ve been able to cut my teeth in shortlisted exhibitions, publications and awards overseas. I’ve never had the chance to attend any of the events where my work has been shown. It’s always left me with a slightly empty feeling. To finally be shortlisted in my hometown #adelaide #southaustralia means so much to me. Nothing can replace seeing your own work in a physical state and IRL. I cannot thank @atkins_photo_lab for the high quality print produced in such a short time frame. #atkinsphotolab is the best! For years now, my images have been the voice for many who suffer in silence the effects of #PTSD , #depression and #anxiety . Regardless of awareness, often times it’s still considered a stigma perhaps because it’s been diagnosed so widely. But for those who suffer deeply and quietly, finding your own light, no matter how small or faint it is, is something to focus on. When you learn to eat the elephant in small chunks, things seem manageable even if it seems you’ve fallen in a heap more times than you’ve stood up. I haven’t won anything yet. The achievement of the shortlist and having my work hang at the Adelaide Festival Centre alongside other local talents during the #adlfringe @adlfringe is enough. I am truly #grateful and #happy . If you would like to support #southaussie art, The People’s Choice Award is open online (link on my bio) or you can make purchase as well. #supportlocal This is dedicated to all the people I ‘know’ who have supported me with no judgement. #visualartdiary_michmutters #australia #fineartphotography #art #visualart #artist