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    It's meant to show stress. Since I didn't have anyone on hand to pose and I despise self portraits (of myself) I just went for a picture of me squeezing a stress ball.
    I used gimp to duplicate a layer and pick out the ball in colour. There wasn't that much contrast with the skin tone, plus I guess I was trying to make hand look more dismal with the black and white. Taken with flash in front of my favourite bed sheet (and on auto since it's hard to focus with one hand). I should really get a tripod.

    goitixo, and 47 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. bottled_void 26 months ago | reply

      Makes me tempted to take some pictures for stock photos, this seems to be everywhere now. Japan, Germany, America.

      In other news, here is a nice picture of some camels that I took a while ago.

    2. Lizzielou5 25 months ago | reply


      Could I please use this photo on my website for corporate wellbeing?


      Liz W

    3. bottled_void 25 months ago | reply

      Sure Liz,
      License lets anyone use it how they want as long as you put bottled_void somewhere in the small print..

    4. Lizzielou5 25 months ago | reply

      Thanks. Will do.


    5. Andersons Solicitors Photo Albums 23 months ago | reply

      Thanks for having this in creative commons. We've used it in our "workplace stress" blog at

    6. chrisbarcelo 20 months ago | reply


      Just wanted to thank you for listing a photo with allowance for creative commons. I have used your photo in my blog post linked below. The blog's site is

      Credit has been given and also links to both the photo and your Flickr account page as well and photos are not being used commercially.

      Again thank you for sharing with the online community!

      Here is a direct link to the post your photo is used in.

    7. Jules1643 17 months ago | reply

      We would like to use this for a piece in Success magazine called "Eliminating energy drain.. Thank you!?

    8. bottled_void 17 months ago | reply

      You can use this in Success magazine, no probs.

    9. Jules1643 17 months ago | reply

      Thank you! Take a look! - I would be happy to give you name credit on the article ;) Thanks Jules :)

    10. HollyJalopy 15 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the photo! It'll be up for a few days in our homepage slider on

    11. fe.meow 15 months ago | reply

      Hey! Thanks for making such an effective photo available on CC. It's used here in this post about Stress vs Guilt:

    12. sbabzy 14 months ago | reply

      Hey- We used this here

      Thanks a million!

    13. antoniakmj88 13 months ago | reply

      hey! I'd like to use ur image in my health and wellness blog - and im not sure how u'd like to be credited?!

    14. Shabayek 10 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing, and I've used this smiley stress ball in my blog post here. Cheers.

    15. SadhanaNJ 6 months ago | reply

      I've used this in an article about Restorative Yoga - it's a perfect picture to show how stress ruins happiness! Thanks so much

    16. Francq8 6 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing. I have used your photo in the Stress
      Relief page of Cheers.

    17. TheBlossomingBumpBlog 3 months ago | reply

      Such a great image! Thanks for making it available under CC License! I've used it on my blog (link here: and credited it to you!

    18. barbaraamsel 3 months ago | reply

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    19. miakim777 3 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing. I used this on my blog with credits and a link back to you at:

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