MulberryStreet on Flickr.

MulberryStreet on Flickr.

GetBy on Flickr.

GetBy on Flickr.

Festivities on Flickr.

Festivities on Flickr.

SeenItAll on Flickr.

SeenItAll on Flickr.

Chinatown on Flickr.

Chinatown on Flickr.

TheBowery on Flickr.

TheBowery on Flickr.

Draped on Flickr.

Draped on Flickr.

Emerge on Flickr.

Emerge on Flickr.

Follower on Flickr.

Follower on Flickr.

TimeGoHome on Flickr.

TimeGoHome on Flickr.

SummerInTheCity on Flickr.

SummerInTheCity on Flickr.

An artistic activity such as photography is “literally and figuratively enlivening,” according to Ellen J. Langer, a professor of psychology at Harvard and author of “On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity.” “When people are depressed, they tend to retreat from the world. Noticing things in the camera puts you in the present moment, makes you sensitive to context and perspective, and that’s the essence of engagement. I have years of research telling us how good that is for health and well-being.”
GatedCommunity on Flickr.

GatedCommunity on Flickr.

Outliers on Flickr.

Outliers on Flickr.

CrosbyStreet on Flickr.

CrosbyStreet on Flickr.