Photography Helped Me Defeat Depression And See The World In A New Light
In 2012 I was 25, married to the woman of my dreams, had a great job, a nice house, and seemingly had it all. But there was an emptiness deep inside that suddenly reared its head and I found myself in a doctor’s office being diagnosed with depression. Life had lost its color and light. Nothing no longer appealed to me. I was in a dark, scary place and didn’t even really know why my mental health deteriorated.
We had a planned trip to Europe coming up and although we were so close to canceling due to my mental issues, I managed to get myself together just enough to leave home. Like all vacations, we had a camera with us, this time it was the new DSLR my wife wanted. I soon found that I really liked composing shots and trying to get creative photos. I was looking at things a little differently.
Once we got home I happened to download Instagram and photography art entered my mind once again. I pulled the camera back out of the cupboard and started to take photos of my dog and everyday things around the house. Eventually, I made my way down to the beach to watch the sunrise. My life hasn’t been the same since.
I would be lying if I said my depression left overnight but over the next few months, the more I got involved in creative photography, the more I began to see the love and the beautiful world around me. Depression had stripped my life of its color but looking through a lens was slowly painting it all back. Places and objects that I once would have walked right past were now standing out to me. They were appealing and revealed something to be admired through these stunning pictures.
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I seemingly had it all, but there was an emptiness deep inside
South Coast, NSW Australia.
I found myself in a doctors office being diagnosed with depression
I was in a dark, scary place and didn’t even really know why
Moraine Lake, Canada.
We had a planned trip to Europe. Although we were so close to cancelling due to my health, I managed to leave home
Wollongong, NSW Australia.
Like all vacations, we had a camera with us, a new DSLR
I soon found that I really liked composing shots and being creative with photos
I was looking at things a little differently
Mount Cook, New Zealand.
Once we got home, I started to take photos of every day things
Sydney, NSW Australia.
The more I began taking photos, the more I began to see love and beauty in the world
Nugget Point, New Zealand.
Depression had stripped my life of its color but looking through a lens was slowly painting it all back
Athabasca Falls, Jasper Canada.
It has been just over 3 years now and the world is a totally different place to me
My life is so much more fulfilled
Emerald Lake, Canada.
I am able to sit and appreciate the simple things in life
Cathedral Rocks, Kiama Australia.
I admire the small, intricate details that make up this big, beautiful earth
Sydney Royal National Park.
I am so grateful to be able to wake each day with hope again and start fresh with the rising of each new sun
Camel Rock, Bermagui Australia.
Photography is my outlet and form of expression, something that I depend on like the air I breathe
Mt Field, Tasmania.
New Zealand’s South Island.
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