Depression is a real psychological condition that, for many, can be completely debilitating. One photographer – Michael Loffer – fights his depression in part by traveling around the world and taking beautiful photos.


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Many commenters on reddit, where he posted his photos, took issue with the idea that he was suffering from depression while engaged in such a seemingly costly and enjoyable pastime. But he insisted that he had managed his wonderful trips through thrift – by couch-surfing, hitch-hiking, not partying and living cheap – both at home and abroad. And, unlike most photographers, who use high-quality SLR cameras, he shoots with a $300 Nikon AW 100.

Loffer wrote that the moments he photographed “breathed a little life” into him. Whether or not you’re suffering from depression, we hope they brighten your day, too!

More info: Facebook (h/t: Biggieholla)

Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

Ta Prohm, Cambodia

Yuanyang, China

Lijiang, China

Machu Picchu, Peru

Zhangjiajie, China

Colca Canyon, Peru

Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

Sapa, Vietnam | Cocora Valley, Colombia

Yangshuo, China

Maya Bay, Thailand

Annapurna circuit, Nepal | Banos, Ecuador

An ancient small town where they filmed part of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – Hongcun, China

Proboscis monkey, Borneo

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Zhangjaijie, China

Annapurna circuit, Nepal

Sapa, Vietnam

Mount Kinabalu