>>3863543>Is it possible that i used photography as a distraction?
Sure, it’s likely you used photography as a form of escapism. It's possible that you photographed more to taste that sweet escapism and less when it wasn’t as gratifying. But it's a dubious claim to say depression contributes to one’s art in a consistently positive way. If you have skill as a photographer, it should be possible to photograph well no matter your emotional state, even if one’s mood can color your work in a certain way. Depression can enhance work just as jolliness can. But when you clear your mind and focus on the process, and your feelings will affect the quality of the work only peripherally.
Take a look at Atget’s late work (1927) after his wife died. You can definitely sense the melancholy compared to his earlier work. His sadness made his pictures somewhat better, but the quality of his work more likely improved because his eye had totally matured and he was more financially independent (and thus could explore his vision more).
There is a very longstanding perception and stereotype of the depressed and/or temperamental artist. But I don’t think the best artists make great art because of their depression. It’s due to the fact that they live life on a different wavelength - we artists march to the beat of a difficult drummer. This is difficult to cope with, and this manifests itself in our character and work. >>3863959
Don't feed the trolls.>>3863670
You need to learn how to post and/or expose properly because this has wayy too much contrast.