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What does photography have to do with mental health?


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Many photographers practice photography for artistic expression or documentation purposes, but the BBC’s “Art of Living” program delved deeper, discovering the many consequences of this beautiful profession and interesting pastime. The program team visited three professional photographers who began spontaneously photographing their lives and found that it helped them overcome their psychological distress.

Samar Hasboun, a Palestinian photojournalist, was so affected when he experienced such intense and painful visual events that it left him with “post-traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD).

Bahraini photographer Inas Sistani defines himself as a visual artist rather than a photographer who specializes in street life photography and conceptual photography to stay close to social issues, especially mental health. Enas suffers from BPD, a form of “borderline personality disorder” and has been able to change the lives of some people for the better through their stories and the negative impact of daily news through their suffering and psychiatric medication. Epidemic, and they positively interacted with her pictures, when she wrote phrases on her face, revealing that she was going through a psychological crisis.

Lebanese photographer, Dalia Al-Khamisi, studied photography at university for 5 years and then worked in the field of social reporting. She felt that her mother had begun to forget certain details of her life, particularly Alzheimer’s, a common genetic disease in her family, but what was remarkable was that she documented the various stages of change in the “wool weaving” pattern. As her mother’s illness progressed, how much it helped her accept reality by exposing her to technology about it.

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The sound of the film is very loud when it needs to be.. and disturbing is also effective.

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