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A Photo A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

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A Photo A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

24 Jun 2008 12:29PM   Views : 309 Unique : 219

Someone suggested recently that photography is not a matter of life and death. Quite true, that. But it's more important to me than just a hobby. It has kept me more or less sane and healthy ever since I took it up again, a few years ago. It keeps me going. In fact, I consciously use it for that purpose.

Life can be rather complicated and stressful, sometimes. I'll spare you the details of the health (or lack thereof) in my family, and any other factors that contribute to stress and a diminished feeling of well-being, but let me just say that there are plenty of those factors around for me and my family members, and there is plenty of reason to divert our attention to more pleasant things.

My children use computer games for that purpose, but that's not my thing. My wife has many hobbies, all creative, and some of her work can even be seen on here. And I have my dog and my photography.

Ashley, my golden retriever, is a prime example of why dogs are called 'man's best friend'. She is always happy to see me, to spend time with me, and she can make me laugh even when the situation doesn't seem to have any funny sides to it.

But even with Ashley in my life, I still need something else to divert me, something positive to concentrate on. And for five years or so now, that has been my photography.

I was into photography as a teen, but looking back I have to conclude that I was totally clueless at the time and only took simple snaps. When I took up photography again in 2003 or so, it wasn't more than that initially. But then I found ephotozine.

I found that with the ideas and feedback and examples from ephotozine I could actually improve my photography. This, of course, made my hobby all the more enjoyable. It's nice to do something with your spare time, but if you're crap at it, well ... I think I've made my point. Getting better gives you a boost. It makes the whole thing a positive experience, and that's exactly what I needed.

Wherever I go, whatever I do, I think in frames - I see the world in rectangles, ready to conclude that any of those rectangles might make a nice shot. And when one of those rectangles has become one my nice shots (even if it's only me who thinks it's nice), I may upload it here and see what reactions I get. I love the interaction with viewers who comment on my photos, critique them and upload mods.

So, although I don't always have the time to prepare a photo for upload, and although I don't always have an 'EPZable' image, I like to try and upload a photo a day.

And for me that really does keep the doctor away.

Tags: Health Photo Day Doctor Away Stress Relax Hobby

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helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 5:08PM
Yes I said it wasn't a matter of life and death, but that doesn't mean it isn't incredibly important to me too.
I took up photography about a year ago when I had several very stressful issues all happening at the same time. It really was a means of finding something that I could do just for me, which would give me some quality time and some sense of success. So I'm 100% behind everything you say here.
Helen

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