, photographer Matt Doogue @mattd85
tells us about his personal struggles and how nature photography helped him overcome them.
“In my early 20s, I suffered a major breakdown. My mental health crashed. For years I had been unwell, but it took a long time for me to realise it. It was a lot to deal with. My head was an extremely busy place and I needed to find some way of allowing my mind to relax. This is when I first picked up a camera.
“Photography became my chance to escape. It allowed me to access a world where all my worries and stresses didn’t exist. When I looked through the lens, I was transported. I began living in the moment.
“You don’t need a camera to connect to the natural world. For me, just spending time in nature and bringing it into my life improves my wellbeing. My mental health struggles will always be here, but they are a part of me, and I’ve accepted that. Nature heals, soothes and restores. Try it for yourself.”
Photo 1: Solitary bee peeping from inside a rose
Photo 2: Scarce swallowtail butterflies
Photo 3: European tree frog in Greece
Photo 4: Cat mantis
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