Bipolar Disorder and Photography

 

Recently I was featured on Broken Light Collective's gallery.  They are an organization that enhances "the lives of people living with or affected by mental illness through the use of therapeutic photography".

I have been waiting for an opportunity to share this part of my life and I feel this will do.

I have Bipolar II.  Bipolar II is a more mild form of the commonly heard of mental illness, Bipolar I, that results in depression and mania. 

This has actually been one of the catalyst to my quite successful creative life according to "The link Between Bipolar Disorders and Creativity: Evidence From Personality and Temperament Studies." (2010) by S. Ketter Srivastava.  A study from Karolinska Institute in Sweden also shows that families with a history of bipolar...were more likely to produce creative people.  

Yay for me. Right?

Well yeah kind of,  but I will tell you this:

I do struggle everyday to keep it together.  My family, health, job, creative projects and the like continually fill my mind with energy and daunting taxation. 

Photography, and being creative in general, has been my prime source of therapy.  

As you enjoy my photos understand that they are not just photos but they are an extension of me, my thoughts and a lot of times they're not happy.  


Recently, one of my favorite photographers, Jeremy Cowart, was asked to do an interview with only one question asked: "What is the single most effective marketing tactic you use to grow your photography business?"

His response: "I wear my heart on my sleeve"


 

enjoy my heart guys.

-Mark

 

Mark Maya

Mark Maya Photography, Durham, NC, 27707, United States

Mark Maya is a photographer and educator from Durham, NC.

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.