Phototherapy uses photography and photographs to explore personal experience. Photographs operate on many levels. When we take our own photographs, or use important photographs taken by others, we gain insight into aspects of our personality that are not always conscious. Together we become curious about the symbolic elements of photographs, and they help guide us towards aspects of life that need attention and further development.
Phototherapy sessions can be a quiet introspective process where we reflect on the meaning and impact of a photograph. They may also be active, during which we can construct new photographic projects, perform re-enactments, and work through technical and thematic issues of a new assignment or series. My role in phototherapy is to provide the emotional and practical support that allows you to make your own discoveries.
There are a number of ways of working with photographs and photography during phototherapy. You can use:
- Photographs that you have taken. These can include photographs of people, landscapes, objects, photographs of other images, etc.
- Photographs taken of you by other people. These could be posed or spontaneous photographs, but ones in which you had no control over the production of the image.
- Self-portraits. Photographs that you have made of yourself, with complete control.
- Biographical photographs that document the personal history and narrative of your life. May include family albums, school photographs, framed photographs, and informal photographs such as fridge and wallet photographs.
If you are curious about phototherapy and would like to know more call me on 0273053511 or use the email contact form.