Finding Creativity – What PTSD Taught Me About Photography

I am fortunate to lead a successful life as a full time creative:  I work with wonderful clients, I have amazing students, I have ample opportunity to write and share my work, and I  have the privilege of representing a camera brand that I love and respect.  My life, the culmination of years of hard work, is one that brings me joy and satisfaction.

There is no other way to say it:  being able to lead a creative life is a gift.  

When you look at somebody’s success, however, it is important to remember that you are only seeing things on the surface.  Underneath, those same people may be struggling with illness or stresses that we don’t know anything about.   Such was the case for me a few years ago, when I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a parting gift from my former life as a paramedic.  It took a long time for me to heal and become whole again.  I learned a lot through the process.  I came out of it a stronger person.  And, to my surprise, I came out of it a better artist too.

Unexpectedly, the lessons I learned (and strategies I developed) to heal my PTSD also applied directly to my life as a creative, making me a more focused, productive, and satisfied artist.  I  saw my work improve and grow stronger as I went through my journey of healing.  In this 90 minute presentation I will discuss my journey, share a lot of photography, and show you how the things that helped heal me as a person also made me a better artist.

This presentation is available to camera clubs, schools, corporations, public libraries, non profit organizations, and any to group who has an interest in learning more about my journey.

The presentation is interactive, using a mix of lecture, discussion and question and answer.  Note taking is encouraged, however we ask that this presentation not be recorded.

To learn more about the presenter CLICK HERE.

Cost:

There  is no formal cost associated with this presentation if it is held in the Vancouver area, however an honorarium to cover the presenter’s time and travel expense is always appreciated.  Most organizations provide an honorarium of $100.

If you would like to discuss booking a presentation please fill out the form below, I would love to share my experiences with you.

Best wishes,

Ian