Photography is a healthy way of distracting myself from negative thoughts
I go outside and my senses are heightened - I focus on the swaying of the leaves in the wind; the tiny movements of birds; the way that natural light changes, illuminating and casting shadows on the world in different ways. Photography lets me fully distract myself from my anxieties in a healthy and creative way that benefits me in the long run.
It gives me time to focus on what I find beautiful in the world
This is especially important to me in autumn when my Seasonal Affective Disorder kicks in. I focus on the tiny details of autumn that make it so breathtakingly beautiful - the colours of the leaves, the acorns and horse chestnuts scattered on the ground, the wild fruit growing in the hedgerows - instead of being overwhelmed by the cold and the darkness that would otherwise drag me down.