"For those moments, something miraculous had happened. During the action required to take a photograph, I had let go of my anxious self. From that day onwards, the veil of depression lifted."
Singular Point of Light
I've wrote often about how I came to be an architectural photographer.
In my draft book "A Singular Point of Light", I document how I found a way forward from a breakdown through photography and architecture. Writing this book has helped me explore my journey through recovery from depression and breakdown.
From my own experience I know that sometimes it helps to read others' stories.
It took a difficult period in my life to find a pathway through photography that helped me discover genius loci -the spirit of place and the deeply moving stories behind the 'so-called' mundane material culture on our doorstep.
What I had to do was find and explore new ways of seeing.
Once I did, I never felt alone.
Cultivating alternative ways of experiencing the world has completely changed my life; it helped me overcome anxiety and depression, opened up a world of possibility and led me to a new career in photography.
One of the most heart-warming responses I've had to the Genius Loci Digest is: "I love seeing the world through your eyes".
The overall aims behind this Digest is how, through my lens, I can help others garner new ways of seeing and feel the benefit in their own lives.
"What I had to do was find and explore new ways of seeing. "
You are not on your own, and I list the posts below as much as to share my experiences rather than as a panacea. We're all in this together, especially in these uncertain times.
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In this digest I talk about ways of seeing, photography and mental health.
The First Camera is a publicly available snippet from my draft book. A gentle warning that there are themes of depression and suicide discussed in this excerpt. So it might not be for you at this moment. Ultimately the excerpt leads to a positive resolution and finds answers in photography, light and architecture.
Exploring wellbeing and the historic environment.
What made all the grit of the dark days worthwhile was that I was left with something that felt like a pearl - a new way of seeing and interacting with things - more sensual, emotive and visual.
A host of posts to help you explore different ways of seeing and experiencing our world.