3 WAYS PHOTOGRAPHY CAN EASE ANXIETY :

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With the Covid that is going on, it has certainly caused stress in everyone’s life. There are a lot of other things going on now that make it hard to cope with everything we do all day.

A recent study found that it is possible to lessen the effects of anxiety through ART THERAPY. And photography is definitely an art.

1. Perspective

One of the key ways photography can ease anxiety is through perspective. In photography circles, perspective usually refers to the camera’s point of view. Perspective can also be used to describe the relationship between objects in an image.

The beauty of photography is that it can change visual experience – which in turn alters personal perspective.

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With an eye to the viewfinder, priorities can shift from the internal to the external. Energies are funneled into discovering and negotiating subject matter. A focus on composition and exposure stimulates a perceptible reach beyond mental distress. This and sustained visual-analysis distracts the mind which can loosen the grip of anxiety, improving perspective.

Getting out:

When anxiety strikes, the first instinct is to stay home, curl up in a ball, hide under the blanket, just wanting to isolate yourself. Photography should help by making you get out of the house, and photograph something you can get a different perspective on. Seeing different angles through the viewfinder will help you get a different perspective on life as well.

Most people who suffer from anxiety are advised to get out of the house. Go for a run, or a walk, get into yoga… something that gets endorphins happening. And for a good reason too: it’s proven that exercise propagates good mental health. But exercising while combating anxiety is easier said than done. That’s where photography comes in.

In addition, placing emphasis on the familiarity of the photographic process expands the comfort zone, making leaving the house a bit less daunting.

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3- Expression:

When Nicéphore Nièpce succeeded in making the earliest surviving camera-made photograph in 1826. He probably didn’t envisage the far-reaching impact his endeavor would have on the human transferal of information.

Nevertheless, as photography evolved, so too did the capacity for people to communicate ideas and experiences through the photographic image.

Because no two experiences are the same, anxiety can be hard to endure and even harder to explain. Many photographers, however, have found ways to channel their experiences within the photographic medium.

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Conclusion

Whether you are a seasoned photographer or just starting out, the ways photography can ease anxiety are far-reaching. From altering perspective to influencing motivation and cultivating expression, photography can ride with you through highs of mental health, and support you in the lows.


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