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Through the Lens: How Photography Can Combat Depression and PTSD

In all of life’s struggles, finding contentment in creative expression can be a powerful ally. Photography is a medium that not only captures moments, emotions, and a sense of self but also has the potential to help heal your troubled soul. I want to tell you about the therapeutic benefits of photography, particularly in combating depression and PTSD, inspired by the journey of a mentor.

The therapeutic effects of becoming a bit creative is profound and compounding. Engaging in creative pursuits like photography offers a channel for expressing emotions that may be difficult to articulate verbally. People who have photography as a hobby are able to capture scenes that reflect their innermost emotions, their hopes, and fears.  By pursuing this, a person can freeze their inner shadows and visually explore where they are at.

One of the basic advantages of photography is the ability to practice personal mindfulness. In a world often overshadowed by traumas or future anxieties, photography anchors us in the present moment. Through the act of framing a shot and focusing on the details of our surroundings, we become attuned to the beauty and intricacies of life as it unfolds before us.

Depression and PTSD can cloud our perception, making it challenging to find peace in the everyday events. Photography has a remarkable way of revealing the beauty that exists even in the most mundane moments. Whether it’s the soft glow of sunlight filtering through leaves or the candid smile of a stranger; photography encourages us to seek and celebrate the world that surrounds us.

Practicing the art of photography is a journey marked by growth and accomplishment. As individuals hone their skills and see real progress in their work, they can experience a boost in confidence and/or self-esteem. This newfound sense of accomplishment extends beyond photography, emerging in other aspects of life and empowering people to face their challenges with greater determination.

In the hands of those grappling with depression and PTSD, photography becomes more than just a hobby; it becomes a lifeline—a beacon of hope amidst darkness. Through its therapeutic power, photography can offer a path toward healing, self-discovery, and contentment. As we embrace the beauty of each moment captured through the lens, let us remember that, in our vulnerability, lies our strength, and in our creativity, lies our resilience.

Now is a good time to grab a camera, any camera, then go for a walk!

Anytime is a good time to grab a camera and go for a walk!

Check this story out… Create Forever with Ian MacDonald (YouTube Link)

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