All images from “Living Ferociously” Kickstarter campaign by Damien Echols
Photography is, without a doubt, a form of therapy and self-expression for many creatives. We take photographs to document our own ideas, visions, dreams, perspectives, and journeys. For New York City photographer artist and bestselling author Damien Echols, photography became another spiritual component in his journey toward healing from extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Damien Echols considers New York City his “sacred space” which is something we’d most likely hear from anyone who has fallen in love with the city. However, there’s a more compelling reason behind his reverence for the city. In the spring of 2017, soon after his 18 years of living as an innocent man on death row, Damien moved to New York City and began riding a bike around its streets. Eventually, he also started photographing the places and moments he found inspirational, alongside his efforts to be in the moment and heal himself from the traumatic memories of prison and death row.