Countless millions of people around the world enjoy photography for a variety of reasons. For some it is simply an enjoyable hobby. Others find it to be stimulating from a creative standpoint. Many people enjoy it as it helps them create a treasured family record of special events, as well as every day occurrences. A question popped into my mind recently: Is photography therapeutic?
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After burning the midnight oil on client video projects I often find that I need a break to relax and unwind. Usually I grab a camera, book a day off in my schedule and just spend the day creating images of whatever happens to catch my fancy.
Quite often none of the images that I create that day end up being used for anything. I just find the experience to be a great way to relax. I suppose that is a type of therapy.
I know quite a few other people that find using their cameras in this manner has a similar effect for them.
I did stumble on an interesting bit of research done by the University of Texas at Dallas. The researchers wanted to find out if spending a couple of months involved with several different types of learning or social environments could improve mental functioning.
What the research discovered that seniors who spent time doing photography, or a combination of photography and quilting (don’t ask me why that combination works) showed significant gains in memory.
I’d love to hear about your experiences when you’ve found being engaged with your photography has been somehow therapeutic for you.
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