The Phoenix Photography Club was established earlier this year to help our frontline workers and veterans who suffer from anxiety and PTSD. The club is more about bringing people together in a positive social environment where, using whatever type of camera they have, members can unleash their creative side and have fun. Members nurture each other’s hobby be it with a DSLR, Mobile Phone, or just a simple old fashioned film camera.
The requirements for membership are is that applicants must have served or worked with the Police (Sworn and Unsworn), Fire Services, Ambulance Service, Corrections, Nursing or State/Federal Protective Services and Emergency Despatchers who have a diagnosed on duty anxiety/PTSD injury. Although we are relatively new, we hope to begin organising events, courses, meet-ups and social photography trips, competitions and much more. We have a Facebook group and currently working on a website with a forum so members can share their art and talk about photography.
At this time we are only taking members from an organisation called Code 9. Code 9 exists to prove to you all that you are never alone. Even though you will feel like, you are not and it is important that you recognise this. PTSD is an insidious injury, do not let it tell you that you have to travel your journey by yourself – not factual at all. Fact is there are so many people in this group that you can lean on in times of need.
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”