Landscape photography is my solution to coping with stress. My brain gets fatigued after working all day when I have to concentrate on repetitive tasks. Simply taking a break often does not help deal with stress. But walking in nature and photographing landscapes and other forms of nature are an excellent form of stress relief.
When we breathe fresh air at the beach, near a waterfall or after a rainfall, we breathe in negative ions. It is believed that once these negative ions reach the bloodstream they produce a biochemical reaction that increases serotonin levels. Negative ions counter the over-exposure of positive ions caused by computers, mobile phones, and other electronic devices that fill our homes and drain our energy. Through landscape photography, exposure to negative ions found near water and in forests helps to bring my body back into balance.
Exploring the Great Outdoors
Exploring the great outdoors is fantastic for warding off depression. When I was younger I spent most weekends camping, hiking, and rock climbing, always out in nature. Now with chronic back pain I switched gears. I pick up my camera and walk at the beach or in the forests and click away. Additionally every year I take a trip to the interior of BC and return with hundreds of nature and landscape photographs.
The secret is to keep my eyes open and allow Mother Nature to provide me with opportunities to photograph her in all her glory. By sharing my photos I can share her beauty with others.
These photographs were shot from 2011 to 2016. Photographs on the right were altered to look old with a wet plate and vintage filters in Photoshop CS6. Also see nature photography.