I have long been a believer in the absolute need for people to have some kind of creative outlet. Without it, humans can go crazy and said crazy person will usually take an innocent by-stander or two with him/her. Photography is an easy way to get that creative outlet.
For years I heard the same old excuse “but I can’t even draw a strait line!” Thankfully, with photography, you don’t need to be able to draw a straight line. You just need to be able to see. Recently, I was in desperate need of some therapy- major therapy. I had become so stressed-out with life, that I had lost the joy of living. The simple pleasures, like listening to the rain come down; the sound of the birds as they chirped their good morning songs; the sun as it sets slowly into the western horizon and the waiting calm of evening.
I set out to find my therapy and headed to the Skidaway Island State Park. I walked the 1 mile Sandpiper trail and then connected to the 1 mile Avian Loop Trail. Walking through the wetlands and listening to the rustle of leaves, the chattering of the squirrels and unknown birds signaling to each other, I felt a tranquil peace come back.
So, if you’re looking for a way to escape the proverbial rat race, find your creative outlet. With digital photography, the only investment you have is your initial camera and media storage purchases. You don’t have to process or print images to see the results. You can also alter the images by using creative filters and layering. If you don’t like what you see, you can always undo or delete.