Photography — Mental Health

Star Wars: A Photographer's Mental Health Story of New Hope

Finding health and joy in bringing my childhood love for Star Wars to life with toys and my children.

Nagoh Creative
Read or Die!
Published in
5 min readJun 13, 2024

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A child dressed as darth vader running at sunset.
Run Darth Run! — Photography Author — Nagoh Creative

A long time ago, in a galaxy right here, I was once a child. I loved and still love all things Star Wars. It brought me so much joy and excitement; it has everything—the hero, the girl, and the dark, mysterious, and scary villain.

One Christmas morning, when I was six years old, I found the most incredible display of gifts under the tree. The Millennium Falcon, Slave, the ship Boba Fett flew, an AT-AT, an AT-ST, the X-wing, and Land Speeders, and dozens of action figures of all the main characters, Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, and Lando. My heart was full, and I knew my playtime as a child would be forever changed.

At twelve years old, I had to say goodbye to all these toys. My family was moving to another country, and I could not bring my prize collection with me. It was time to say goodbye, and grow up. This was incredibly difficult for me.

Even now, as a grown man, I feel sadness watching my beloved toys sold at a flea market for next to nothing. The Force was not strong with me at that moment, and I cried. My feelings were real…

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Nagoh Creative
Read or Die!

Writer, Astronomer, Photographer, Poet, & Encourager. On a road of life recovery and sharing my journey as I reflect on the pictures I have taken over the years