In this month's issue of Premier Christianity magazine is an article that I can relate to in its completeness.
The article is not wholly religious; the main focus is on how black and white photography can bring you closer to God. I never feel closer to the Lord than when I sit on the clifftops and watch the waves rolls in from the sea, or walking through a forest and listening to the calls of the birds.
Like the character in my award-winning book (Chronicles of Mark Johnson); I used to be a photographer, and have a dislike for the celebrity scene and its falseness. I am more at home taking photographs of the work of the Lord with the wind on my face. I can understand how the writer feels when he talks about the power of God when he sees the waves, as Mark would say "You can't get the good shots sat on your backside in the stormy weather."
Colour is all the rage, but B&W will never die.
When I used color, I never used filters, if the Lord designed nature he made it how HE wants us to view the wildlife; when you consider the colors of the glamorous peacocks to the dull brown of the female blackbirds, I think the Lord had the tools at hand to give the wildlife all the color they needed.
While color is glamorous, it is also extremely hard to use in photography as you need to regulate the developer temperature to the Nth degree. One degree to hot and the images turn to red, one degree too cold and they turn blue. With B&W you have no such restrictions to apply, and you can tweak what you want with the images.
I agree that being in nature can help in some ways combat depression as I never feel calmer than after a walk outside, even if it's raining.
I took a photography course for a while, but I never got on with it. The problem was I was not interested in still life, portraits and glamour shots, I took my best work at sports events and with the help of the Lord with wildlife. Though my late father never had a lot of good to say about me, he did say that I had a knack for photography, from him that is a great compliment.
My ideal job would have been as a photojournalist.