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In Emilie's Words
“I was born and raised in Forest Hills, New York. I attended High Point University and received a dual degree in International Business and French.
In the summer of 2015, I had a mental health crisis and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. At that time, I left New York City and moved to Hilton Head Island to escape the busy city life and focus on my recovery. During my worst depressive episode, I turned to photography. Starting with just my iPhone, I began taking photos of sunrises and sunsets. In 2018, after my Dad piqued my interest in the backyard birds, I began watching and taking photos of birds.
Photography and spending time in nature have been a massive part of my recovery with Bipolar Disorder. There is nothing that brings me more joy and peace than a beautiful sunrise spent in the marsh or sunset at the beach with the birdies.
When I am not out taking photos, I work part time at Wells Fargo and volunteer for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Lowcountry. I am passionate about spreading the message of hope and recovery for those suffering from a mental illness. To anyone suffering with a mental illness, please know you are not alone, and there is hope for a brighter tomorrow.”
We are excited to present Emilie Reid, whose artwork is on display at the NAMI Lowcountry office through the generous support of the Martha Worthy Charitable Fund.