An accident can change your life. Along with the physical injury you suffer, like a broken leg or a torn tendon, you can also suffer mentally and emotionally from the accident. Some accident victims develop conditions like depression or anxiety after their accidents or find themselves limited by phobias related to their original incidents. Others become angry and frustrated with their new limitations and the sense that they are unfairly suffering, that they “did everything right” and still suffered because of random circumstances and others’ negligence.
Healing from an injury takes time. In many cases, it requires a multi-faceted approach to fully overcome the setbacks that come with an injury. Medical treatment leads to physical recovery, while a personal injury claim can lead to financial recovery. For many, photography is a way to recover emotionally.
Healing Through Photography
Photography communicates feelings. If you’re not sure where to start with photography, take a look at photos you like to get a sense of how light, shadows, and color work together to create an image’s feeling.
Taking photos can be therapeutic. You can capture a moment in time and preserve it forever, giving yourself a tangible piece of that moment to carry with you. Taking a photo of something can feel like you’re taking a small piece of ownership of it, which can be a very powerful way to confront lingering fears and anxiety about the accident. Consider photographing the place where the accident happened as part of your healing journey.
Through Photography, you can Share your Recovery Journey
It can be difficult to put your feelings into words. As the saying goes, “a picture says a thousand words.” Use images of your injury, your environment, and yourself progressing through recovery – leaving the hospital, standing unassisted, walking again, running – to illustrate your recovery story. Be creative with the images you choose to capture. You might want to take photographs of your medical bills or posed photos in exaggerated or funny stances. You might also want to take pictures that have symbolic meaning, like a picture of yourself with the party who caused your accident, communicating that you have forgiven them and your life is moving forward.
Photography is Accessible
You don’t have to be a trained photographer to use photography as a way to heal from your injury. You also don’t need an advanced camera or any type of photo editing software. All you need is your smartphone’s camera to take photographs that document your journey from injury to recovery. Share your photographs how you feel comfortable sharing them, whether that’s on a personal blog, on a social media profile, or via text message with your closest friends. You might not want to share them at all, and that’s perfectly okay.
Healing with Your Hobby with the Help of a Legal Professional
Ultimately, photography can allow you to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally. This, in turn, can help you move forward with your life and recover from the injuries you suffered.