What does it mean to be
“The Bipolar Photographer”?
How does travelling to the ends of the earth help me live a successful life even with a previous diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder?
Life is really lived best when lived in the moment. Few people would argue this. Travelling to Antarctica and to the Arctic help me remain present and this helps me embrace each journey as an exciting new experience. There was a time I didn’t think being able to travel and embrace new experiences would even be possible. That I can, and do now is nothing short of incredible. I had fears, like a fear of flying, like getting completely overwhelmed wherever there are lots of people in crowded spaces (have you been in an airport or on a plane?). I had to overcome a very difficult time in my life and learn new skills to be able to not simply endure the swings of my disorder, but to thrive in spite of them. It was a long difficult journey and this video is a window into the pivotal turn around I experienced.
I always say “Do what you can’t help but do” and for me that is to capture beauty and character in the world around me and in the people I meet, and to help others do the same.
Paul D'Auvergne says
Excellent TEDx presentation! I have had Bipolar Disorder 1 since the mid-1980s and am stable on Valproic Acid. I am looking forward to your presentation at the Oakville Camera Club on Monday. I appreciate your photography to the North and South Poles!
Thanks for your comment! I look forward to presenting Monday.
Thanks for the inspiring story. Having bipolar disorder is difficult. I featured your account on my website to inspire other photographers like me who are also experiencing the same pain.