Cherisha Kay Norman Explores Her Mental Health in Beautiful Photos

“People don’t like change, especially changing their views,” notes Dallas-based photographer Cherisha Kay Norman about society’s lack of adaptability to changes around them. As someone who has gone through many illness, she feels there needs to be more open and transparent discussion around the topics.Her series Layers of Symptoms tries to bridge this gap visually.

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When Tragedy Struck, Jared Phelps Tried Photography to Heal Better

“Photography helps me a little because I get to capture those moments and take myself back to them whenever I want,” says photographer Jared Phelps about how turning to photography has helped him cope with a tragedy. Being unexpectedly gifted a camera a few days after his father passed away helped overcome this loss immensely. We spoke to him about how he finds his way back to normality by looking through the lens of his Fujifilm X-T4.

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Tune In for Episode 2 of Pro Camera Reviews; We’re Talking Macro Lenses!

Pro Camera Reviews Episode 2 airs Live on March 29th at 7pm EST; register here.

Hey folks!

Pro Camera Reviews is a new web show by the Reviews Team of the Phoblographer. Join Gear Editor Brett Day, Reviews Editor Paul Ip, and Editor in Chief Chris Gampat as they candidly discuss the products they’re actively reviewing and the gear they’ve just reviewed. Open Q and A from the audience towards the end of the show. Every Sunday at 7pm EST.

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Can Photography Treat Depression? It Worked for Me

A study suggests photography can help with depression – it certainly helped me with mine.

Feature Shoot recently ran a story that highlighted a study published by researchers from Lancaster University and the University of Sheffield. First published in the spring of 2018, the study noted that participants involved noticed an improvement in their mental health after taking a photo every day for two months. Studies are not always the best way to get a real-world understanding of theory, but I feel my own experience may be able to unwrap why the practice of photography can have such a positive impact on a person’s mental health.

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Harry Spitz’s Photographic Exploration of Depression Book is Eye Opening

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This photographic exploration of depression is filled with gorgeous images that could help people understand what depression feels like.

Depression is one of the most complicated, most misunderstood illnesses around the globe. It can be hard for those around people who suffer from depression to understand just what is going on. For those who suffer with it, it can be hard to describe how they feel. Photographer Harry Spitz has suffered from depression for more than 50 years, and he has made a new photographic exploration of depression book that combines images and quotes in the hope that it will help others understand what people with depression feel like. Join us after the break for more information about this Kickstarter project. Continue reading…

Xavier Buendia Raises Awareness on Suicide with a Photo Collaboration Project

All images by Xavier Buendia. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Creative minds are capable of making great things on their own, but collaborations always bring something interesting to the table. Some of the most unique and eye-opening collaborative projects also come from the merging of different industries. Brighton-based food and portrait photographer Xavier Buendia gives us an example of this in a recent project he did in partnership with a restaurant.

A week ahead of Valentine’s Day, Xavier shot a project for Silo Restaurant in with the goal of raising awareness for depression and suicide. Instead of making a straightforward food-related set, they came up with a series of blind portraits inspired by a prior project.

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On Translating Anxiety and Depression Into Effective Imagery

All images by Jonathan Higbee. Used with permission.

“For ‘Akathisia,’ my self portrait series named after a side-effect of SSRI withdrawal, the fact that there are many days where it’s emotionally impossible for me to leave the apartment into part of the series.” says photographer Jonathan Higbee. “All of the series so far has been shot in my NYC apartment, which is not only appropriate for the project — it forces me to be more creative considering the limited space, lighting challenges and immutable background.”

Jon’s story is one of the more incredible ones I feel I’ve brought to you all in a while. He struggled with depression and anxiety, then was medicated for it, and then tried to wean himself off of the treatment with the help of a medical team. The result for him is a very difficult one that he’s learned how to translate into images.

But he hasn’t only done this with surreal and conceptual work, his photograph is the cover of the  World Street Photography Awards 2016 book just went up for pre-order. At the moment though, he’s currently working on his Akathisia series; and has a lot to say about its creation.

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Procession of Spectres Showcases Emergence of Self (NSFW)

All images by Ville Kansanen. Used with permission.

Photographer Ville Kansanen was born in Espoo, Finland in 1984 and studied photography in the Glasgow School of Art before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an artist in 2008. When the digital photography world came about, the creative vision for Ville simply fell into place. His career has taken him to California, where he’s showcased his work here the US and has built a career in graphic design. Part of this could explain his project “Procession of Spectres.”

It’s a common misconception that the project is about depression; and for Ville it’s more about an emergence of self. Depression, however, was a catalyst for the series–as was trying to put emotions into images.

The series combines surrealism, personal elements, landscapes and portraiture to turn it into a true fine art photography piece.

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I Wrestled with Death Twice to Live for Photography

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Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published by Marius Vieth. It is being syndicated here with permission.

This is the story of how I wrestled with death twice to live for photography. Before I wrote this article, I told a couple of people about it since it means so much to me. Although some didn’t understand how I could talk so openly about this topic, I decided that it’s my duty to generate awareness and help others even if it means that I’m revealing my biggest weakness in front of the world.

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