In this unique book the author shares his experiences as a mental health specialist, and as a sufferer of PTSD. Illustrated with his own stunning wildlife photography that helped him on his journey to recovery, he hopes this book will inspire positivity and wellbeing for all.
Long overdue, this unique book is about wildlife photography, and the power it has to improve physical and mental wellbeing. Designed to appeal to a wide range of individuals, from beginners with very little photographic experience, through to those further along on their photographic journey, Wildlife Photography - saving my life one frame at a time offers practical help, tips and insight into the life of a professional photographer, who uses photography to help deal with his PTSD - brought on by a harrowing and traumatic experience whilst serving in the police force - and the physical reminders of various careers as soldier, mental health specialist, physical training instructor, and police officer.
With general tips and points about equipment, fieldcraft and techniques, this fabulously-illustrated book of over 200 colour images seamlessly aligns photography with creative suggestions around mindfulness, wellbeing and holism to create a blueprint for all, and especially anyone experiencing poor mental or physical health, who would like to express themselves creatively in the natural world.
Powerful words from the heart mix with breathtaking, unique and original images of some of Britain's most elusive wildlife (and tantalising shots from photographic forays further afield) taken by an award-winning photographer and trauma survivor.
Join Paul Williams on his journey from rock bottom - and three suicide attempts - to his rediscovery of a life worth living; filled, as it is, with the wonder of wildlife, captured in his stunning images, and a new-found sense of peace and wellbeing.
About the author
Born in the Lake District, Paul's love for wildlife and landscapes stems from being surrounded by the wildness, diversity and beauty that Cumbria offers in abundance.
Paul joined the military at the age of 17, where he excelled in combat and intense physical roles. He went on to do a degree in mental health and later joined the police until PTSD and physical injuries forced him to leave in 2014. Paul is now a full time landscape and wildlife photographer, and has won a number of prestigious national and international photographic awards, as well as appearing on national television, and featuring regularly on radio.