Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom: Discovering the Power of Pictures

December 17, 2019 - Comment

Unlike Rick Sammon’s 39 other best-selling and photo-rich books, Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom – Discovering the Power of Pictures, has no photographs between the covers. Yet, Rick feels as though it is his most important work. He trusts this book will make you think – hard – about your photography, and about how using

Unlike Rick Sammon’s 39 other best-selling and photo-rich books, Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom – Discovering the Power of Pictures, has no photographs between the covers. Yet, Rick feels as though it is his most important work. He trusts this book will make you think – hard – about your photography, and about how using your brain, the best photo “accessory,” will help you become a better photographer. Or as stated by famed black-and-white landscape photographer Ansel Adams, “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”
It’s not that Rick is tired of having to “lug around a camera,” as Lewis Hine said, it’s just that he thinks the motivational and inspirational message of this book is better expressed without showing his own pictures. Rather, in reading the 35,000-word text, he’d like you to imagine your own pictures – and potential pictures – while he is describing a situation, process, technique, feeling or emotion.
Chapters include: Emotional Intelligence for Photographers, Seeing vs. Looking, Creating Your Own Reality, It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been, Light and Color Therapy, Learning is Health, and What Does Your Photography Mean to You?
The book also includes more than 20 “missions” that you can accept in your quest to expand your photographic horizons.
This very personal book is filled with Rick’s photo and life wisdom – wisdom he has gained by spending almost an entire lifetime – starting in the late 1950’s with developing pictures in his parents’ basement – involved in photography in many forms and fashions.
You will find many inspirational quotes in this book. One of Rick’s favorites: “When you are through changing, you are through.” – Bruce Barton

Comments

Anonymous says:

Hit me right between the eyes… Hi Rick… Just finished the book prior to my trip. I must have 50 photography hard and softcover books in my inventory and at least the same in photography e-books and talking books and I have never read a book where every chapter held me captive. I was really impressed on the subject of emotional-therapeutic gratification in photography, that hit me right between the eyes. I did on line to look at the photograph of Rick’s Dad with his hands crossed and felt the emotion…that was special…

Anonymous says:

Photo Therapy, Cheaper than a therapist and just as effective. Rick Sammon has done an amazing job of relating how photography, or any art for that matter, can be transformative.I’ve had my copy of this book in my messenger bag or camera bag for weeks. I refer to it frequently for encouragement, inspiration, and motivation. His tips and coaching are invaluable. The quotes resonate profoundly with anyone looking to level up their artistic skillset.I highly recommend this book for any visual artist. It should be required reading in…

Anonymous says:

Health, Photography, Emotional Work Thank you Mr. Sammon for your adventures in the world of the counselors and therapists. This gives any hardworking client in therapy some great techniques for working through tough issues using photography. A growing interest in the field of psychology is use of photography and having clients work with pictures to tell their stories. Enjoyed this book from a counselor’s perspective, client’s perspective and photog’s perspective. Thank you. Jean Manthei, Author

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