Monday, February 28, 2005

Photography Therapy

No, I'm not planning to do this, but I think it's good information for me to have. I was just going to refer to this as "Phototherapy" like some of these people do, but then I realized that there is a medical treatment called that for certain illnesses.

PHOTOTHERAPY - The Fisher Turk Method - How you can make peace with your body - through the eye of the camera.

I photograph women who suffer from negative body image brought on by rape, incest, eating disorders, cancer or just plain life. Women are photographed from clothed to as nude as they are comfortable, I use black and white photography and urge them to keep a journal. Over the past six years I have seen this use of photography open a way for women to change how they see themselves and how they feel about their bodies.


Let Seattle photographer & PhotoTherapist Lori DeMarre facilitate your journey of exploring, reflecting and then stepping into your full potential and power.

Phototherapy techniques in counseling and therapy

Every snapshot a person takes or keeps is also a type of self-portrait, a kind of "mirror with memory" reflecting back those moments and people that were special enough to be frozen in time forever. Collectively, these photos make visible the ongoing stories of that person's life, serving as visual footprints marking where they have been (emotionally, as well as physically) and also perhaps signaling where they might next be heading. Even their reactions to postcards, magazine pictures, and snapshots taken by others can provide illuminating clues to their own inner life and its secrets.

Children’s lives – in their own images
Giving children the opportunity to create images uses the fascination and love of photography in a way that offers a wide range of opportunities – so far largely unexplored – for psychosocial support. This article is a reflection on my recent experience in the participatory documentary survey of children’s rights, Children’s Visions and Voices: Rights and Realities in South Africa, with a view towards suggesting further possibilities for the uses of photography in providing psychosocial support.

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