As you read this post I will already have been in surgery for several hours………..
In keeping with my earlier Baseball Reference, we move on to the famous Knuckle Ball Pitch. As you read this I will be entering a second round of surgery. The first was successful as far as it went. But the location and geometry of the Tumor require a second entry point on the side of my head behind the left eye.
Below my surgical pre-visualization image………And following the Dylan Thomas Poem……with the most memorable lines highlighted
Imagining the Image: What happens when I think before I shoot? I’ve heard this in workshops; see the image first. But usually the workshop leader drifts off into concepts of composition………
And that misses the point. I have had one particularly good workshop with Cole Thompson, where we discussed seeing what you want the final image to be, and how to capture the image towards that end. Really Imagining the Image….First!
*(Cole’s discussion of personal vision is also excellent…take a workshop with him if you get the chance. I don’t endorse many people like this).
Reflecting on some recent photographic success, I found that for ALL of these images, without exception, I SAW the image BEFORE I captured it! Even without realizing. I had pre-visualized. Everything on my “Now Showing Page” and some not there (that I personally consider successful), were all made that way. So I’m adding some favorites here (some blasts from the early days included), where Pre-visualization really was the key to personal satisfaction for me. And the stories behind the image……..
This Kiva I had visited years before. Taken a few quick tourist images and moved on with my Road trip. I wanted to revisit those images and they were ‘lost’ in 20+ years of disorganization. They were also color 35 mm and I was doing B&W now. So when I had the opportunity to revisit this site, with a photographic concept in mind, this was the result:
So inspired by Jason Avery’s #filmtober Question #27 “What do you look for when on location for a photo?” Over the next several months, I will pursue the story behind my images. These will all be tagged as Intersections and The Story……
After 13 hours of surgery; 90% of my tumor removed (excellent for a brain tumor); and 5 days in the Hospital….All I have to show for it is my Mayo Clinic Mug! I did get released on New Year’s Eve and had that time with my Family. One final thing I can say about the surgery is that my brain is functioning differently and my visual and audio perceptions are different; not reduced or degraded, just different. I will continue to explore this issue during my recovery. Although my traumatic brain injury was planned and controlled, there are still ramifications I’ll be dealing with further down the line. How will this affect my Artistic Vision?
What I have also experienced is the highest level of health care service EVER IN MY LIFE! I want everyone to have this level of care!!!!!!
On January 23rd I start my Proton Beam Radiation Treatment. Last year a friend of mine died from Esophageal Cancer. The Proton Beam treatment was an option for his cancer that was never offered to him, because it wasn’t covered by his insurance. I AM PISSED that he didn’t at least have the option.
As You read this I will be in surgery for my brain tumor; thoughts, prayers and well wishes appreciated. And the image below will be ‘unpinned’ from my Twitter page, because hopefully after my surgery I will have clarity and not ambiguity…..
I also want to explain how my ‘medical updates’ will intertwine with my normal Photographic Posts.
And this is the ONLY time you will ever see a Biblical Quote here, but you will see the connection:
1 Corinthians Chap 13 verse 12: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
All of my Journey Updates will start with the heading: “Through the Glass” And I have added that tag to take you directly to these updates if you are interested. I hope that you can see it refers to the Ambiguity of what I am facing. That what made this image so timely.
The Reality So Subtle Pinhole: Still working out the Range Finding on this camera. I have the filter-option 6X6 model. I have to say this camera has the smoothest mechanism of any Pinhole I’ve ever used. So I’ll take it with me and work on the range (maybe I should watch some of the YouTube videos?)
And Finally, my “riding shotgun” always in the front seat and ready Minolta X-700: My jump out of the car and shoot camera. I have 3 of these and they are all going. I use my trusty Tamron-adaptall 28-200 zoom. A combination I have been using since the early 90’s.
OK, It occurs to me that I won’t really use all of these cameras in a 3-4 month period. Which one would you leave behind?