Matt Payne Photography Blog: Overcoming Depression Through Nature Photography

July 4th, 2022

According to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year, and 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14. Other studies have shown that engaging in nature photography can help those struggling with mental health challenges.

As such, it was a true honor to sit down and chat with this week's guest on today's episode of my podcast, Andrew Baruffi.

I actually learned about Andrew and his work after seeing his submissions to the Natural Landscape Photography Awards last year and since have followed him and his journey closely.

On this week's episode, we discuss:

  • Andrew's journey into photography as a way to cope with depression and suicidal ideation,
  • How Andrew's photography has changed over the years,
  • The book-making process,
  • And a lot more!

Other topics discussed on the podcast this week:

Here is who Andrew recommended on the podcast this week:

If you enjoyed the conversation with Andrew, you can find our bonus recording over on Patreon where we discuss his strategies for naming his photographs, which is something I know a lot of photographers struggle with a great deal!

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Scroll down to see more of Andrew's work!