Loneliness is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week in 2022.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased sense of loneliness and isolation which undermines confidence in people’s daily routines.
Marysia Macfarlane is a Perth-based photographer, who spends much of her time surrounded by nature, camera in hand and a keen eye for the next snap to capture.
However, there is more to Marysia’s interest in photography than simply ‘point and click’ – she finds it really helps with her own wellbeing.
Here’s a selection of Marysia’s favourites from over the years:
Marysia has shared her story of finding her passion in photography and how this has helped build a stronger sense of community, with likeminded people not far from the doorstep.
“As a person who has suffered from clinical depression in the past, I found myself a hobby in photography, which has given me a huge boost in confidence, especially over the last few years.
My love for photography gave me a purpose to leave the house again when I was at a low point in my life.
“Getting out and seeing all the nature blooming and the wildlife fulfilled me with happiness. The more I went out with my camera, my confidence began to return. I then started to meet other people which saw me socialising again.
“From this, it has led me to create a community group on Facebook, Pictures of Perth & Beyond. This is a local group for absolutely anyone that loves to take photos either with their phones or cameras (you don’t have to be a technical wizard to love taking snaps!)
“I’ve noticed there has been a surge in members joining over the course of the pandemic, and made sure people feel encouraged to get out and enjoy our beautiful city and wildlife, and venture into wider Perthshire too!”
Marysia has recently established a new social photography group under Pictures Of Perth And Beyond for LGBTQ+ people to have regular meets and share their photos with others.