TWiP 540 – Codependence, Suicide and Photography

with Michael Coutts

In this interview, I sit down with photographer and TWiP PRO member Michael Coutts. Mike is a long-time friend of TWiP regular Troy Miller, and he graciously agreed to join me for a discussion about his journey from attempted suicide, to healing — and how he used photography as a tool to help him see the world (and himself) in new ways.

As you might imagine, this was a tough interview to do; it’s an obviously sensitive subject, and also an important topic that many people are dealing with on a daily basis. Mike shared some ways he found his way out of the “funk” using photography, and how he’s now dedicated to helping others find ways to do the same.

About Michael Coutts

From a young age Michael Coutts, a photographer based out of Southern California, was fascinated with the camera.  However, it took many years until he would answer his calling. Through career changes and life challenges, he has ended up in a fascinating moment of life with a camera as his voice. Mike finds his home in street photography. He is able to connect us to the people we would most likely not want to meet. Through his unique way of storytelling, he invites you to the doorstep of your own demons. His edgy style brings you in and inspires you to become the person you lost under all the crud of life.

Michael on Instagram: @michaelcoutts_photography

Suicide Prevention Hotline

Remember, there are always people around to help you through the hard times. Call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you’re struggling and thinking about suicide.

Other TWiP resources on depression:

Exposing Depression in Photography – TWiP 522

Personal Growth with Photography

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