We have written much about the benefits of walking, of which there are many. In fact a recent study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that taking just a 20 minute walk every day could slash your risk of suffering an early death. The researchers advice is to “sit less, move more.” As a daily Camera Walker you can also reap benefits from being a photographer! Here are a few to consider:
Capturing and sharing a memory for a lifetime. A photo of a walk, a trip, or an outing can bring back great memories, and make wonderful gifts that you can share with others. Everyone gets a chance to remember the joy of the experience from your photo.
Focusing on the details. For me this is one of the things I enjoy most about photography, especially when I am walking. I look for details, the unexpected, and my walk is transformed into an exploration. I was at South Lake Union taking in the water, the boats, and the scenery in general when I spotted these oars on a table. If I hadn’t been scanning my surroundings I could have easily missed them.
Seeing the beauty. There is so much beauty in the world, even in industrial areas, if you look for it. Certainly you can travel to impressive places to capture the beauty of our earth, but you can also find it along your walks. I found these containers in a commercial fishing yard in Newport, Oregon one afternoon and loved the color.
Being present and free from worries. I was asked in a workshop what my photography meant to me, and the first word that popped into my head was freedom. When I am immersed in my photography I am present, and my mind is free from everyday worries. It is a form of meditation for me to go out Camera Walking.
Expressing and growing your creativity. The more photos we take the better we become at expressing our view of the world. We all see the world differently, and taking photos and editing them to express what we saw in our minds eye helps expand our creativity. I saw this woman standing by herself checking her phone at the Seattle Center, and in my mind’s eye I saw it as a painting. I used Topaz Lab’s Simplify to create this image.
Developing a passion. My photography has helped me develop a passion that I didn’t know was there until I picked up my first camera seven years ago. I am so grateful to be able to tell the stories of everyday life, people, and places I explore while Camera Walking. I now am able to combine my joy of walking with my passion for photography!
There are many other benefits that we have missed, so tell us what you think we gain from being a photographer. We would love to hear from you, so please comment below, post on our Facebook page, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Grab your camera and go out Camera Walking to reap health benefits, and the benefits from being a photographer!