“Photography: Escape From Reality” by Scott Bourne

I came across this blog post by Scott Bourne, on photofocus.com and thought I would share it’s contents. It’s been hard to read texts on escaping reality that are specific to photography, most are about films, music and gaming. But this post re-assures me that many people use photography to escape reality.

Although I think “Escape From Reality” would be a great name for a movie, this post is not about movies – although movies do provide a temporary escape from reality.

It’s about how photography can help us escape from reality – and how by making pictures we can create our own reality, even if it’s just for a few short minutes. (Dr. Wayne Dyer talks about doing just that in his book, Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life.)

When we look through the viewfinder, our world changes. We see light and colors and subjects in a way that no one else sees them. We feel creative. Distracting surroundings are blocked out. We are in total control as long as we don’t have our cameras set on the “P” mode that is!

At the touch of a button, we have frozen a moment in time – a moment that might be gone in the blink of an eye, but a moment that lasts forever, too. How cool is that!

After we make an in-camera picture, more escapism awaits us in the digital darkroom: more creativity and more control… and of course more fun!

If you need to or want to escape for a few moments or even days, your camera is always there to help. So is your digital imaging editing program.

I know a great guy who is going through a hard time in his life. He never gets down, or at least he never shows it. My guess is that photography helps him escape from his troubles.

“Laughter is best medicine” is a well-known expression. My expression: “Photography is the best medicine.” – “Dr.” Rick Sammon

Whilst the post itself discusses a more therapeutic take on photography, the mention of a book, “Real Magic: creating Miracles in every day life” by Dr. Wayne Dyer is worth following up on, it might be worth a read.

*Follow up, added 2 mins later*

After a quick search for this book I have realised that it’s also a Therapy Book, not only about photography, but every day life. It seems it will be hard to break away from this area, whilst I won’t completely ignore it, it isn’t the area I want to base my research on.


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