Behind My Lens

Nature. It isn’t just wilderness but also parks and green spaces. Nature calms the mind, even in photographs hung around your living space. Research suggests that exposure to nature can reduce stress and anxiety and enhance your life satisfaction.

From watching sunrises and sunsets to walking on a tree lined street, in a park or on the beach watching the waves roll into shore or hearing them crash up against the rocks.

Watching the seasons change…

Spring/Summer: Watching the nest building from the neighbourhood birds, watching the robin eggs, swan eggs and geese eggs hatch, then watching them grow as the seasons pass. Seeing flowers bloom everywhere.

Fall/Winter: Morning mist, coloured leaves and then falling leaves. Then frosty mornings and snow blanketing the ground.

There are magical moments only to be experienced in certain seasons.

In short; when you can’t get outside- look at landscape photography . By looking at photographs of nature, we can ground ourselves in a way that promotes peace and relaxation. It can lower our blood pressure, reduce feelings of isolation and irritability, and increase endorphin levels and dopamine production. “Preventative medicine” you might say.

Acknowledgements:

Student Wellness Centre

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Houlden V; Weich S; deAlbuquerque; JP, Jarvis, S; Rees K. The relationship between greenspace and the mental wellbeing of adults. “A Systemic Review” PLOS One. 2018, Sept1:13(9).

My name is Susanne Swayze and I have been a mental health nurse for 32 years. I have been “shooting” for almost 40. Everything from weddings, engagements and pregnancies, to dogs and landscapes of all genres. The love of nature photography has grown over the years due much in part to its therapeutic benefits.