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Can Photography Be Therapeutic?

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Many of us have heard of art therapy. Art is beneficial because it can be used to express ideas we are unable to express in words. It provides a sense of calm that relieves stress, anxiety, and depression.

But can the same be said of photography? After all, photography doesn’t require as much creativity. You simply take a picture of what exists.

Well, if you think about it, you can get creative with your photography. You can make magic with editing tools. What’s more, photography is a calming hobby that’s wonderful to share and look at.

Here are some ways photography can be therapeutic in your life.

It Provides a Sense of Self Accomplishment

When people are depressed, they need a pick-me-up. Photography provides a sense of self-accomplishment that can lift spirits. Photographers can be proud of themselves because they took a great picture. If they show it to other people and if they enjoy it, even better.

You Can Get Creative with It

You may think that photography doesn’t allow for the same type of self-expression as other forms of art because it typically involves capturing what’s in front of you. However, there are plenty of ways to get creative with it. Here are some examples.

In Editing

During the editing process, you can go as crazy with your photography as you like. You can make images that float in space, create fantasy sequences, and more.

In Finding the Perfect Shot

Finding the perfect shot takes creativity. You must find scenes you think will look good and will appeal to viewers. You can also capture things that express your state of mind.

They Can Inspire You to Write Stories

If you enjoy writing, you can use your photos to inspire you to write stories that make them come to life even more.

You Can Integrate Them into Other Pieces of Art

Photos can be integrated into other pieces of art like collages, maps, and more. You can also make them into paintings which will prove to be a soothing activity.

It’s Soothing for Others

Photography isn’t only therapeutic to the person taking the picture. It can be therapeutic for others as well.

If you ever go to a museum, you will find that looking at the artwork fills you with a sense of calm. You can get lost in determining what the artist is trying to express, and you can relate to it on a psychological level.

Many museums have photo exhibits that provide a similar effect. They are no different than other pieces of art in the calming vibe they send.

So, on one level, photography can be soothing to look at. On another level, making art that is soothing will let you know that you’ve done something to help others. This will add to your sense of self-achievement.

It Immerses You

When you take photos, you are completely in the moment. You are aware of what’s around you and you are not focused on the past or future and the stresses they involve. This creates a state of mindfulness that is recommended in meditative practices.

Photography is a terrific hobby for so many reasons, but its therapeutic benefits may outshine them all. It helps you express yourself, it can be shared with others, it takes you away from your worries, and it creates a sense of self-accomplishment. How do you use it when you need a boost?

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