Many mental health professionals have discussed Instagram’s negative impact on mental health. It’s especially obvious in teenagers, and even the company itself seems to be aware of it. However, adults aren’t spared of Instagram’s toxic influence, especially women. I bring you a quick little experiment that shows just why Instagram is such a huge mental health issue.
Thursday Society, the world’s first open global artists’ collective, launches simultaneously tomorrow (Thursday) in six international cities: London and Leeds in the UK; Indianapolis and New York in the USA; and in Europe, Vienna, Austria and Valencia, Spain. Based on ideas of ‘open collaboration’, the collective plans to make creative support and education freely available to all artists (including photographers), both online and in real life.
Any artists and creatives are encouraged to participate from anywhere in the world, particularly photographers and visual artists. Participation will begin through Instagram and will feature the hashtag #ThurSoc.
A new selfie museum is opening soon in Dayton, Ohio. But before you roll your eyes like I did when I only saw the title, keep on reading. This place is not imagined as a playground for attention-seeking or narcissism. Instead, it’s devoted to mental health, helping you cope with stress, depression, and anxiety through taking photos.
I told you before about Christopher Larson and his series of collaborative virtual exhibitions. I recently became a part of it, collaborating with Chris on a set of photos for April 2021. I’d taken a long break from photography before that, and it was tough to start. But once I did – I couldn’t stop. The whole experience was beneficial for me, both as a photographer and as a social human being. And in this article, I’d like to tell you about two things. First, about how Chris and I prepared this exhibition, and second, how collaborating with other people can help you if you’re stuck in a creative rut.
This corona-madness has lasted for far too long, and it will probably last for a while more. There’s no doubt that 2020 has been hard. Even if we haven’t contracted the virus, many of us have been depressed, anxious, out of work, unable to travel… Because of all that, we may not really feel like shooting, or we just don’t think there’s anything to shoot. If you’re a hobbyist like me, maybe you feel like giving up photography at this point. Well, this video from Spencer Cox addresses this feeling, and it could be exactly what you need to hear right now.
Spencer kept it short and sweet, and straight to the point. If you’ve felt like giving up photography lately, this is definitely something to watch, and I’ll give you some of my thoughts and experiences from this weird year as well.
Along with the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 announcement, Google is making some changes to its photo editing methods. The company has introduced a design framework that will make photo filters and enhancements automatically disabled. This way your phone won’t make you “more beautiful” by default anymore, and it’s all a part of the efforts to improve your mental health rather than your selfies. [Read More…]
With its July/August issue, Vogue Portugal caused quite an outrage. While the issue is dedicated to an important topic of mental health, the cover has completely failed in addressing this sensitive issue. “The Madness Issue” depicts a patient in what seems like a retro mental institution as two nurses take care of her. As it was probably expected, both the name and the cover image caused a strong backlash.
As amusing as some COVID-19 memes and tweets have been (not to mention a welcome break from the endless news cycle), we want to be very clear about the importance of taking care of your mental health right now. A lot of us are feeling particularly isolated, lonely, anxious and, at times, a bit hopeless. The seriousness of what is transpiring around the world is not something to be taken lightly, and we want to encourage a conversation within the photography community.
We fortunately are beginning to find ourselves in a world where we’re all starting to open up a little more about mental health. It’s great! It’s the age of empathy and humility now; and I think once we begin to empathise properly with each other – we’ll be in a much better place. We’ve all got the same prehistoric brain, and it’s actually surprising how you can begin to essentially ‘re-program’ your thoughts.
One challenge that almost all artists and creatives face is that of feeling satisfied with our work. That we’re actually getting where we want to go. For many of us, it keeps us unhappy in our work. It’s not the work’s fault. it’s our own. We keep moving the goalposts. And no matter how good we become, we’re always holding ourselves to a higher standard.
That’s the topic explored in this video from photographer Kaiwan Shaban. They’re feelings that many of us experience and they often send us one of two ways. Either into a deep dark depression that makes us just want to pack everything in, or it can motivate us and push us to keep improving ourselves and our abilities. Either way, can we ever really be happy?