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Old 12-19-2018   #1
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Photography = Therapy article on the power of photography

I was touched by this article and wanted to share with my rff friends.
https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/long...hing-pinehouse
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Yeh, that was a wonderful article, really thanks for putting it up. When people ask me why I'm always taking pictures (I leave out the part about enjoying the process and trying to be an artist), I say with photography you look at everything differently. Seems like these kids found some of that too.
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Thank you, so tragic when a young person takes his/her life, seeming to have no purpose or hope. Wonderful that the people featured here have found something that is meaningful.
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It's theraputic properties are the main reason I do it, I was in patchy employment when I started taking up photography fully and it took the edge off and made life a little easier to cope with.

For me it's when I start building the image in my head, the rest of the world just stops, and the only real sound I hear it the sound of the Camera taking the picture and outside of the viewfinder may aswell not exist.
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Photography kept me alive in 2004 and later. When I was in Iraq, capturing the image was the reason to stay alive. After the Navy it was a way to distance myself from life and pain. My shield, so to speak, along with an unhealthy amount of alcohol, but the camera was always with me.
Now it's a tool. I'm becoming a mental health counselor and art therapist, so photography is yet another skill I have to use to communicate with, and to teach my clients how to use it to communicate. Some people can't or don't communicate at all but a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

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I truly believe Photography forces you to see the beauty before your eyes that you've been missing...
When you slow down and really look, you'll find it...and then you realize that its always been there...sometimes it's thousands of miles away, sometimes it's right at your front door or backyard...
I never thought that photography had a healing power but after watching this video and reflecting on my own life...hey, you're never too old to learn something new...and maybe, just maybe my Higher Power and my spirit have been working together in me all this time...through my own lens...

Thanks for posting...
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I'm becoming a mental health counselor and art therapist, so photography is yet another skill I have to use to communicate with, and to teach my clients how to use it to communicate.

Phil Forrest

I am a BACP registered psychotherapist and I used photography as a means to mindfulness when a used to work in secondary care with adolescents.
Nowadays I work in primary care with adults and i have abandoned it as a technique but it does work quite well as a grounding technique.
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