Saturday, January 7, 2012

Photo Therapy

I hadn’t though about photography as having any therapeutic value until a couple of years ago when I was in Vancouver and was befriended by a gentleman who like myself had a keen interest in photography. He was in his 40s and was well into a technology career at the time. He was involved in a type of work which led to a sedentary lifestyle of very limited physical activity. Recently he fell in love with photography and his new activity had him out hiking and exploring. We spent about 5 hours that evening and night roaming around Stanley Park, practicing night photography, having fun and learning.

Vancouver City
Vancouver City

Even thought I had done a wide variety of work over the past 30 years I still identify myself as a landscape photographer for the most part. I practice landscape photography solely for enjoyment. Landscape photography means personal time and I’ve often thought of it as a kind of meditation. It’s my time. It’s a chance for me to focus on my photography and enjoy my environment. I’m in the moment without distraction. I just love sitting on a cliff edge over looking the ocean to enjoy the wind blowing in my face. It’s as if Mother Nature is reaching out caressing you! That’s freedom! That’s life!

Yours Truly Enjoying the View at Outer Cove, Newfoundland
Brian at Outer Cove

Some people love photography for its social opportunities and join photography clubs or get together with friends for photo walks. There are so many ways to have fun!

One of the most recent projects I had been involved in was the first Help-Portrait in St John’s Newfoundland. Help-Portrait is all about giving but what I found was that the other volunteers and myself were still beaming, and had a bounce in our steps, days after the event. While I though we would find it rewarding I didn’t think we’d get so excited about it and after talking to others weeks after they are still excited and can’t wait for next year. Yeah, happiness is contagious!

Having said all this I haven’t even mentioned the creative outlet photography provides. Well as Henry David Thoreau put it: “The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”

So what do you like photography? Love to hear from you!