The creative arts all hold an expressive quality that is considered therapeutic. The process itself can be a very profound form of individual expression. The exploration of interests with photos can explain a lot about an individuals character and state of mind. The objective is to take the camera and not filter your image ideas. Following your instincts in the moment. You may need to do an transitional exercise first to get your mind set ready. Photo-therapy is one of the highly effective expressive arts therapies and is a great tool for those with verbal communication challenges. It's easy and to begin and you just click and question later. Photography can be a powerful tool for story telling and the process can shift our perceptions of how we see the world we live in. It can open doors to further dialogue and understanding.
On the other hand having a goal in mind with the camera in hand can also be another form of narrative therapy. The end result has more of a focus. The objective is to think about the message, or story, you want to convey. Photo contests are the perfect source for goal setting for photographers of all levels. They can give you a subject to start with and you can take it from there. The actual reality of show casing your art work to the public is a great therapeutic step forward. It is a vulnerable act and can also lead to self empowerment. It's another form of communication in which you may feel heard and seen. The artist/photographer may also be surprised with the impact on the viewers and their responses.
The contests have a lot to teach both amateur and professional photographers.There are nine challenges on the Lenzr photo contest website this month and the competitions end on march 25th when the top ten user ranked images are judged. The best photo in each contest is selected as the winner. Each Lenzr Contest is a unique photography opportunity. There are photo contest involving reflections from subjects onto a water source, and unlikely unions with miss-matched subjects. There are more challenging photo submissions of people performing at home in front of an audience to beautiful factories, and people dancing.
The chance to exhibit your art work on the internet for the public to see may seem really intimidating. However, taking risks and sharing your photography visions can have plenty of rewards. Included in the emotional rewards are the monetary with prizes available to win. Who doesn't like to be acknowledged for their excellent and creative work? The Lenzr photo challenges have prizes from Olympus STYLUS TOUGH-8800 an underwater camera to Apple iPads and large animal skin rugs and patio furniture.
The art of photography is a great self reflective tool. It can help us explore our world and understand various perceptions. The camera can help us view life situation differently. Thus altering the reality that lay within our minds, which sometimes may block us from where we might want to be. Life is full and beauty and chaos and is sometimes overlapped. Photography can help us tell our story of pain and joy. And by sharing and exhibiting these stories and expressions with the world, we can open the doors to a greater sense of awareness.