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29 Quotes on Depression and the Healing Power of Photography

29 Quotes on Depression and the Healing Power of Photography

Have you ever felt stressed, down, or overwhelmed and gone straight to posting a photo to get it off your chest? That’s just a small glimpse into the introspective and healing power of photography, especially when you’re struggling with depression or anxiety.

Here are 29 quotes to help empower you towards a better life and handle depression through your photos.

1. “Every day over one billion photos are shared online and I believe we are standing on top of a massive opportunity to change how we see and talk about mental health.” – Bryce Evans

    2. “The language of photography is symbolic.” — Sebastiao Salgado

    3. “I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting.” — Harry Callahan

    4. “The moment the shutter clicked, I felt a shift within me.” — Bryce Evans

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      5. “Because it’s free, easy to use, and high-quality, photography is now a fixture in our daily lives – something we take for granted.” — Peter Diamandis

      6. “The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” ― Susan Sontag

      7. “We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” — Ralph Hattersley

      8. “You cannot see the light without the darkness.” — Bryce Evans

        9. “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
        ― Dorothea Lange

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        10. “When I look at my old pictures, all I can see is what I used to be but am no longer. I think: What I can see is what I am not.”
        ― Aleksandar Hemon

        11. “A photograph is usually looked at- seldom looked into.”
        ― Ansel Adams

        12. “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” ― Ansel Adams

        13. “If we want to change how we see these issues – I think the very thing we need is a new lens to see them through” — Bryce Evans

          14. “It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.”
          ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

          15. “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” — Elliott Erwitt

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          16. “There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” — Ernst Haas

          17. “When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don’t give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.” — Edward Steichen

          18. “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” — George Eastman

          19. “Imagine if every photo was an opportunity to start speaking out about your own depression” – Bryce Evans

            20. “Does not the very word ‘creative’ mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act – rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life – not death.” — Berenice Abbott

            21. “Every photo and story is a practice of introspection, personal growth, and a vulnerable act of courage to build empathy.” — Bryce Evans

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            22. “How you see photos and what you see in them is a reflection of how you see the world.” — Bryce Evans

            23. “Photography, for me, is something I can control fully. It’s wholly my own expressions.” — Mia Wasikowska

            24. “Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” — Ansel Adams

            25. “One advantage of photography is that it’s visual and can transcend language.” — Lisa Kristine

            26. “With photography a new language has been created. Now for the first time it is possible to express reality by reality. We can look at an impression as long as we wish, we can delve into it and, so to speak, renew past experiences at will.” — Ernst Haas

            27. “With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.” — Robert Mapplethorpe

            28. “Photography must be integrated with the story.” — James Wong Howe

            29. “If you find yourself stuck in darkness, the first thing to do is find and start capturing the light.” – Bryce Evans

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              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

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              Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

              Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

              Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

              1. Get Rationally Optimistic

              Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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              This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

              In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

              The result: no more mental stress.

              2. Unplug

              Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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              How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

              It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

              Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

              3. Easy on the Caffeine

              Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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              Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

              4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

              That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

              How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

              • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
              • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
              • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

              While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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              5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

              This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

              The result: mental stress will be gone!

              So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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