Fellow blogger Richard’s photos are stunning! Here he describes his process and how photography can heal…
Hey, I’m Richard, and my blog is photosociology.wordpress.com. To be honest, I’m surprised that my blog is followed by others, I’m just a guy with mental health problems, which photography helps me to cope with. Initially, it got me going outside when I was too scared to do so. Basically, I’m a middle-aged guy, trying to grow up and find a way to live in this confusing world.
Although I am a student photographer and use photography to explore social issues, such as inequality, mental health, and diversity (and more), I also thoroughly enjoy photography. Macro photography and photographing birds are my joy and my peace, especially when I am having a day of intense anxiety, panic attacks, and paranoia.
When photographing birds, flowers, bees, and bugs, I have to slow down. I mean really slow down. I’m not here to take a quick photo and walk on. I want to make a great photo and that means searching. Seeking out the best angle, ensuring that the background doesn’t distract from the subject, checking the focus, and making sure the exposure is correct. When it comes to bugs, bees, and butterflies, I have to slow down even further, firstly to spot them and then to ensure great focus by getting close without scaring them off.
Having a mental illness brings challenges with living, over-thinking, analyzing, being busy because I’m scared of my feelings, and being suspicious and paranoid about people. At first, I was scared of slowing down because I thought these difficulties would overwhelm me, but the opposite is true.
Slowing down is vital for my mental health, it refreshes me, recharges me, helps me to stop running from my emotions and thoughts, and allows whatever is there to be allowed to be, as it is. The process of connecting with nature means that I reconnect with myself, and all is surprisingly well.
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These little lizards can become big. Instead of hibernating, bearded dragons brumate.
This interesting image is the recent result of a visit to a pet store for some writing research (for my novel)!
People, animals, or landscapes, fellow blogger and photographer Lloyd’s pictures always go straight to the soul. Here he’s captured the quizzical face of a dear deer. The West Virginia resident writes, “She’s shedding her winter coat but it like she has “bed head”…
Living close to nature means interesting neighbors. They are generally good natured and tend to keep to themselves. Oh sure there’s the occasional dispute over who owns the garden but for the most part they don’t bother anyone. Being the outgoing personality that I am, I decided to walk over and check on her after a long hard winter. However, she didn’t seem to be happy that I interrupted her breakfast. In fact, she looked downright stressed that I was there. “Hello, how’s it going?” I spoke in a nice soft tone. She refused to answer. Once more I tried to start a pleasant conversation. “I see you made it through the winter ok.” Can you believe that she just stomped her foot and snorted off? How rude was that? But in her defense I was there unannounced and she probably hadn’t had her morning coffee 😉
Yesterday saw a whole bunch of us interested folks going to explore the arboretum at Ardnagashel in Glengarriff, West Cork, but apart from admiring the wonderful trees we also received lots of information on the seaweeds and lichens along this stretch of coast. Ardnagashel was established by the Hutchins family and it was as part of the Heritage Week of Ireland that these activities took place, in memory of Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815)who was a remarkable Irish Botanist. The talks on the lichens and seaweeds were given by Howard Fox, who is the State Botanist (National Botanic Gardens) and by Maria Cullen. This ‘life’ introduction to the seaweeds and the lichens of the coast of Bantry Bay was so very interesting. a true first introduction in this field for me. Later in the afternoon Madeline Hutchins (Ellen’s great great grand niece) took us through the forested area of this garden and…
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Watch how Mengwen Cao comes out to her parents and how they respond. She’s a photographer, videographer, and multimedia producer. Born in Hangzhou, China, she came to the United States in 2012.
30 stunning photos of lovely Paris by dynamicstasis. Enjoy …
Thirty photographs from our flânerie through Paris.
Sunday breakfast in the Jardin des Tuileries.
The west façade of Notre-Dame Cathedral. Wonky composite of twelve photographs.
Notre-Dame Cathedral. Detail 01, west façade.
Notre-Dame Cathedral. Detail 02, west façade.
Notre-Dame Cathedral. Detail 03, north façade.
Notre-Dame Cathedral. Interior.
Notre-Dame Cathedral. North façade Rose Window.
Looking south from Montmartre.
Pont de l’Archevêché.
Louvre approach through the Passage Richelieu.
“Was it busy?”… “Yeah, quite busy.”
Jardin des Tuileries.
Chair. Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau.
Pompidou Centre / Rue du Renard.
Pompidou Centre / Place Georges Pompidou.
Wall / Art.
Love / Heart.
Arc de Triomphe 01.
Arc de Triomphe 02.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
Rue de Buenos Ayres.
Tour Eiffel 01.
Tour Eiffel 02.
River Seine / from the Tour Eiffel.