Ian's Story

Hear how Ian discovered the healing power of image-making by practicing mindful photography after being diagnosed with PTSD

Ian MacDonald is a professional image-maker whose ability to find extraordinary images in very ordinary scenes has built him a strong reputation in the street photography genre.

However, it took a long time and untold trauma for Ian to discover his love for photography. After spending 20 years as a paramedic, he was diagnosed with PTSD and had no choice but to give it all up. It was during his recovery that Ian realized the power photography held in alleviating his symptoms. Making images of the city streets not only gave him a reason to leave the house, it also helped him to move forward.

“We don’t always know it until we find it, but there’s a thing that we’re meant to do”

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