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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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              Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

              Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

              In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

              And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

              Why is goal setting important?

              1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

              Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

              For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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              Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

              After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

              So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

              2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

              The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

              The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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              We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

              What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

              3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

              We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

              Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

              But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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              What you truly want and need

              Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

              Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

              Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

              When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

              Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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              Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

              Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

              Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

              The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

              It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

              Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

              Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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