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.
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!
Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
Ta Prohm, Cambodia
Machu Picchu, Peru
Colca Canyon, Peru
Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Sapa, Vietnam | Cocora Valley, Colombia
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
Annapurna circuit, Nepal
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