Stroke of Emotions Series

The Stroke of Emotions Series was created after my husband had a major stroke in 2017. In an effort to turn "off" my worry and feelings of helplessness, I turned to my hobby of photography. The series consists of 15 images created to depict feelings from devastation to rejuvenation, and are composited self portraits. Stroke of Emotions was featured by PhotoED Magazine, and five of the images were selected for the Picturing Health exhibit at Viewpoint Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the month of February 2018. The exhibit used photographic imagery to explore the relationship between wellness and creativity, and was funded by the Robert Pope Foundation. I have written a book including these images in hopes that it may help someone else deal with their own struggle through difficult times.



1. great destruction or damage.

2. severe and overwhelming shock or grief.



1. feelings of severe despondency and dejection.

2. a mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, typically also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy

and disturbance of appetite and sleep.



plural noun: choices

1. an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.



1. a thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright.

2. a source of comfort or encouragement.



1. a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

2. grounds for believing that something good may happen.

No matter who we are, we all face life challenges.

No matter what crisis we face, we all struggle with a range of feelings.

Sometimes I cry so hard I think the tears will never stop.

Sometimes I feel so tired I want to lay my head down and sleep forever.

Sometimes I feel absolutely nothing and wonder if I will ever feel happy again.

- Sara Harley