The toolbox for therapeutic help for people is already occupied. Examples of activities include art (painting, sculpture, ceramics), music, book clubs, gardening, drama.
Use of photographic images is a well-established discipline for professional therapy.
But the process of photography is little used. The following are quotes from visitors to the Photo Space gallery who have told their stories.
“I can do photography by myself, whenever I want, wherever I want. Depending how I feel, I can be alone or with others.”
“I am severely dyslexic. With photography I don’t need to be able to read and write well. I just need to have the buttons explained and I can get on with it.”
“With a camera around my neck I can leave my home and feel normal. I have a reason and do not feel exposed.”
“Photography makes a connection with a world I do not feel part of.”
These demonstrate some of the special characteristics of photography. Others:
A camera motivates people to leave the house and get out and about.
It is a solo or shared activity, as the participant desires.
Reading and writing skills are not necessary.
It can be done indoors, outdoors, on travels, whenever and wherever the participant wishes.
No timetables or regular diary events (unless having them helps the participant).
It is creative. The participant controls what they photograph and how they frame the world. It is a shift in perspective and a powerful tool for self-expression, personal insight and reflection.
It can be social, helping to establish social bonds.
For many, the process of taking a photograph is therapeutic almost regardless of the result.
Skills learned are photography related, computer based and spcial.
It can be a ‘still’ and ‘calming’ process, minimising thoughts racing through the mind.
Working with the photographs can be equally rewarding – discussing them, showing them, writing about them.
It builds self-confidence and social inclusion.
It is a lead-in to further learning and employment opportunities.
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