Mental health awareness week: "My work means more to me than money – it’s my therapy"

Canon photographer Phil Benton is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, County Durham, UK (Image credit: Phil Benton)

When I was 19 I was a painter and decorator and became bedridden for five months – I thought I head lead poisoning from the paint! I now know that I had ME, and I have suffered with it and been chronically fatigued for almost 40 years. 

When the pandemic hit and the lockdowns followed I could empathize with the problems many people would be facing. I was determined to use my photography to bring people joy during the pandemic and started adding inspirational quotes to my photos – they’ve gone down a storm on social media and people have been buying prints to get them for Christmas, which is amazing!

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