Hi I am Martin Upfold and I am a father, husband, army veteran, student of photography and citizen journalist. Dealing with bipolar and depression, tackling it head on.
I am sustained by my lovely wife Sarah and we have two beautiful sons Brendan, our youngest and Kieran, our eldest who has Aspergers Syndrome which is on the Autistic Spectrum.
What I do to cope with my situation is to do photography and occasionally blog about it.
How I got in to photography is that it was a way of dealing with my depression and bipolar by challenging it head on. It is very easy to let my mental health issues take control and rule and ruin my life. Photography gives me a reason to get out of the house and deal with the world in a creative and constructive way.
Due to my mental health issues I lost my driving license so had to quit work as a bus driver at East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS). This left me at a lose end, without purpose. However on suggestion by a colleague at EYMS they suggested that since I almost always had a camera in my hand that I take up photography so with what little money I had I purchased a relatively cheap bridge camera before eventually saving my money and moving on a digital single light reflector (D-SLR).
I took a level 1 photography course at Hull College which increased my confidence and expanded my ability.