I came across this image of me, taken by my friend Marc, before I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s desease. Looking at it now I am inclined to wonder if it is revealing something like a Kirlian sign of the disease I didn’t yet know I had. Stranger things happen. So far the symptoms have manifested almost entirely on my left side, and as we know, the left side of our bodies is controlled by the right side oh the brain. In my case “control” is misleading in that there are times I have very little control of my left hand. The tremor doesn’t affect my driving, but I’m glad I invested in Arca type mounts for my tripods, and am very grateful for the in-body stabilization in my cameras; that and the excellent high ISO capabilities they possess which affords fast shutter speeds.
Being it is New Year’s Eve and my birthday I want to take the opportunity to say how fortunate I am. I am fortunate in that all of my complaints are minor inconveniences and irritations. I am in no discomfort and am not suffering the rigidity that afflicts some. And at least as far as I can tell (though some might argue) my cognition hasn’t been affected. It’s my belief that my job, this blog and photography are partly responsible for that. They all challenge my brain in good ways and that must help.
One of the things I learned in photography is that sometimes a tripod is needed for support and those three legs really come in handy. Sometimes however, we need a different kind of support and there I’m fortunate to have more than three friends to lean on.
My method of photography is this; I make photographs as I come upon them (when asked what kind of photography I do I usually say I’m an “opportunist”) though I can increase my chances by putting myself where good images are likely to happen. Once I have made the exposures I do the best I can to make those images reflect the way I see, even though that doesn’t always match reality. That’s by choice. I’ll admit, that in life as in photography, I haven’t always made the best choices, but that is on me and I accept that responsibility. But just as in life, in photography we work with what we are given and try to make the best of it, complaining is fruitless.
One more thing. I promise this will be the last photograph of me……at least for a while.Thanks for spending one more year visiting my blog. Happy New Year to you all!
Pentax K10D with 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens, processed in Photoshop CS4 and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and Snapseed. I have rightly credited this image to Marc, for he was responsible for operating the camera, though the camera was mine, and the post processing was done by me. If he likes the result he is welcome to the credit. If he is unhappy with the final image, the blame is on me.