Did you know that while you’re out taking street photographs, there are some underlying therapeutic benefits that you can take advantage of as you click away?
We recently heard about Elise Bou Malham’s upcoming Therapeutic Street Photography workshop and wanted to find out more about this interesting approach to street photography:
1. Are you a photographer? If so, how long have you been photographing and would you consider yourself a street photographer?
I am first an art and music therapist, as well as a holistic coach. I fell in love with photography a few months ago when I met my Nikon D300 – and my teacher who gave it to me. Street photography quickly became my number one passion.
2. What are the therapeutic aspects of street photography in your opinion?
Photography as an art has the ability to capture and freeze a moment as well as transmit the artist’s perception of that moment. What makes street photography so interesting as a healing modality is the organic aspect of it, which allows me as a therapist to find core blockages through the perception, the interpretation and ,most of all, the exposure of a shot. It allows photographers to use their intuition to open their energy and connect as well as communicate their thoughts through art. It opens mainly the 5th chakra, which is the chakra of communication
3. Are the therapeutic effects you mentioned limited to certain photographic styles? Why do you think this applies more for street photography as opposed to other forms of photography, such as studio photography?
Every type of photography can be therapeutic in its own way but what makes street photography stand out is that we are asked to frame the world and to make decisions consciously as well as subconsciously on what to include or overlook. It creates a self-made therapy as it grounds the individual and gives them a sense of time and space – how to play around it, bend it and communicate it.
4. Tell us a bit about your upcoming Therapeutic Street Photography workshop. Is this the first one you lead and how has the response been so far?
My upcoming workshop on the 23rd is my first and it targets photographers, people who are interested in art therapy and also anyone who’s looking for a new passion.
I chose Hamra Street because I have seen so many different shapes and forms of life there. It is a mix between the organic, the traditional and the new. It is also always full of faces.
My aim through this outing is to implement awareness and share my knowledge of self-therapy since it is a very casual and practical outing. The response has been amazing so far.
5. Who is the workshop targetted for? Do attendees have to be a photographers or can anyone attend?
It is recommended for photographers or people who have basic knowledge in photography, but anyone who is interested in this subject and owns a camera is also welcome to share their energy.
6. How can one best benefit from the therapeutic effects of street photography on a regular basis? Is there a certain mindset one needs to be in while photographing and can one still achieve this while in a group with others or while listening to music while shooting in the streets?
Street photographers engage in self-therapy without knowing it sometimes, but when one is aware of the benefits and sometimes the techniques, it gets easier to channel energy and expand. Whether in a group or alone listening to alpha brainwave music or chakra music, you can enjoy the benefits with ease and grace. Photography is on its own a complete therapeutic modality.
Thank you Elise for taking the time to share with us more about your therapeutic approach to street photography and we encourage anyone interested in this topic to attend Elise’s upcoming workshop on July 23rd. For more information, click here.