LIFESTYLE

Photography 'saved my life' says UK man

It has now become his passion and his own form of "medication", he said.

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•Benjamin Warburton said his children now see him as a "photographer"

•It has now become his passion and his own form of "medication", he said.

Benjamin Warburton said his children now see him as a "photographer"
Benjamin Warburton said his children now see him as a "photographer"

A recovering alcoholic has said falling in love with photography has saved his life.

Benjamin Warburton, 36, from Northamptonshire, said that after receiving professional help and support for his drinking he has remained sober since December 2020.

He took up the hobby when he purchased a second-hand drone as a way of getting out of the house with his sons.

It has now become his passion and his own form of "medication", he said.

"I've always suffered with my mental health and it's progressively got worse the older I've got", Mr Warburton said.

Sixteen months ago, Benjamin said his health "physically and mentally" had deteriorated so much that he was sent to hospital to undertake a medically supervised detox.

Benjamin Warburton said taking photos helps to "brighten his mood" and shows there is more to life than "the bottom of the bottle"
Benjamin Warburton said taking photos helps to "brighten his mood" and shows there is more to life than "the bottom of the bottle"

Since being released from hospital, ten days later, he has not touched a drink - but he did not know what to do with the time he now had.

He then used his drone "with the simple intention of it getting me out the house with my sons".

Benjamin uses his drone to take photos of the local landscape around Higham Ferrers
Benjamin uses his drone to take photos of the local landscape around Higham Ferrers

"Taking it out was a medication for myself in its own way, getting me out the house and keeping my mind occupied and off the drink."

When he started sharing his photos on the Facebook group Spotted Rushden & Higham, "instantly the response I received from the page and its members blew me away with how kind they were".

The encouragement gave him the confidence to share more photos and he has since created his own Facebook and Instagram pages.

Benjamin has now started an Open University course in photography, and hopes it will lead to him being able to study the subject at degree level and it then become his career.

"Photography really did save my life.

"I honestly believe the future is bright and photography will be a part of me for the rest of my life."

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