WHAT WAS THE MAJOR TURNING POINT IN YOUR RECOVERY FROM DEPRESSION?
Photography saved my life. The biggest turning point was when I began the process of starting to express what I was struggling with (and had been silent on for too long) through my photos. I started out very generic and broad, working with my photos to build stories that I kept private for quite some time. It was a practice in trusting my instincts and inner voice that helped me to become more comfortable in exploring and expressing these issues. Eventually, I was able to start talking about it with others and break my silence — that changed my life.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER GUYS FIGHTING DEPRESSION?
Honestly, I know the perceived risk and fear surrounding the idea of starting to talk about what you’re struggling with. I was there years ago and had been stuck for too many years because I felt like talking about it was no longer an option. There had been too many opportunities that I let pass by and all of the stigma seemed too heavy to take on.
If this speaks to you, please try to use photography to help you get started — as soon as you open up and start to share your story, your life will start to change in the most incredible ways that you never imagined. I promise.