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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.

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    1. Andersons Solicitors Photo Albums 34 months ago | reply

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

    2. chrisbarcelo 32 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.

    3. Jules1643 29 months ago | reply

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

    4. bottled_void 29 months ago | reply

      You can use this in Success magazine, no probs.

    5. Jules1643 29 months ago | reply

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

    6. HollyJalopy 26 months ago | reply

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

    7. fe.meow 26 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:

    8. sbabzy 26 months ago | reply

      Hey- We used this here

      Thanks a million!

    9. antoniakmj88 25 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?!

    10. Shabayek 22 months ago | reply

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

    11. SadhanaNJ 18 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

    12. Francq8 17 months ago | reply

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

    13. TheBlossomingBumpBlog 15 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!

    14. barbaraamsel 15 months ago | reply

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    15. miakim777 14 months ago | reply

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

    16. playfulmonk2014 11 months ago | reply

      Thanks for this I used in my Video blog. I forgot to added film and have credited you in comments. Thanks

    17. kulwant-2-singh 10 months ago | reply

      Thanks for this brilliant image.
      I have used it on my blog post here

    18. BrettsFitnessTips 10 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the great photo, I used it on a post about how procrastination can cause stress

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