Matt Payne Photography Blog: The Pursuit Of Happiness Through Nature Photography

August 15, 2022  |  Australia

Modern society has, for better or worse, influenced the adoption of wide-scale consumerism. This shift is relatively new for our species, and marketing experts have tapped into human psychology to maximize our desire to purchase and consume goods. This shift can also influence how and why we pursue happiness through consumption and trying to "keep up with the Joneses."

Today's guest on the podcast, Jeff Freestone, was influenced heavily by the Minimalists, a pair of podcasters and authors named Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. This duo helps millions of people live meaningfully with less by encouraging a more minimalistic lifestyle.

By examining his own life, Jeff has been able to embrace nature photography's role in pursuing a more wholesome lifestyle that is less focused on consumption and more focused on enjoyment of nature.

On this week's episode, we discuss:

  • The influence of minimalism on Jeff's photography journey,
  • Finding meaning in life through nature photography,
  • Discovering and appreciating smaller scenes,
  • Photographing alone vs. with other people,
  • Tips for photographing alone,
  • How Jeff has found success in such a short amount of time,
  • Jeff's preference for photographing close to home,
  • Jeff's approach to social media,
  • And a lot more!

Other topics/links discussed on the podcast this week:

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