I have been really bad at posting photos on my blog over the past year. This is in part due having less time to take photos, and in part not sharing the photos I have taken.
In order to break this drought, here a few shots from some recent time away at Waiheke Island.
As it happened, they seem to follow a heavy flora theme, which is often the consequence when shooting macro.
One of the segments of the 20/20 story that was done involved me doing a short photo essay of sorts about some topic related to what was going on in my life. I initially thought ‘lessons learnt during my journey’ was a good one, but then I quickly realised that it was way too hard to put such abstraction into a picture without requiring some lengthy description. I then decided to simplify it way down to things that have helped me get through the last few years.
Here are the 5 photos demonstrating what has helped me on my journey.
Faith – Easily the most important aspect of my life that has kept me going. The strength, the motivation, and the peace, have all stemmed from my faith. Faith should empower, not disempower, it should enable, rather than disable. I have seen faith do both in people with illness, terminal and non-terminal. If its disempowering, if there is disillusionment, or if there is disappointment, then basically you aren’t doing it right.
Medicine – Being a doctor, I am very much an evidence based person when it comes to my treatment, and at the end of the day, it is the realm of modern medicine that takes the credit for keeping me alive as long as I have been. This snippet of my personal mini-pharmacy is meant to portray how it has very much been a significant part of my life, and in large part, responsible for it still being here.
Work – I keep working because I love it. Work is both constructive because it is a distraction, and distracting because it is constructive (a bit of a chicken/egg scenario). It helps me remember I’m still alive, and gives me the opportunity to try and repay the favour of health care that has been bestowed upon me.
Community – Life is a journey that is meant to be with other people. When you try to go it alone, it becomes unfulfilling, no matter what achievements may come your way. With friends and family, life is far more richer, even when life sucks. This photo is taken at Crave Cafe in Morningside (go there if you can). A group of friends and I set up a collective to start a non-profit cafe who’s proceeds either go back into the cafe or the community around it. Its where we go to eat, to laugh, to drink, and to socialise. Its my local.
New Experiences – The final photo wasn’t taken specifically for the project, but I included it as it demonstrates how exploring what life has to offer, finding new places to visit, new things to see and do helps make you appreciate that life is forever about learning and exploring. The minute I settle into routine and stop trying to push the boundaries of comfort, I am not making the most of being alive.
Those were the photos I set out to achieve, they featured somewhat fleetingly in the 20/20 story, so I thought I would share them here with a bit more of an explanation.
Until next time…
The most recent round of chemo was exponentially better than what is now colloquially known as ’round 46 of death’. I took my meds as per plan, and the vomiting stopped. I still had nausea, but, I have long since resigned myself to the fact that I always will. The main thing is that it was greatly reduced and there was a lot less time spent over the toilet bowl.
In the mean time, I have now started my ED rotation at Auckland hospital, which has been a lot of fun. It has been some nice variation from what I have been doing previously, and stretching my experience out a bit.
There isn’t too much new to report at the moment, so I shall leave you with a photo I took recently in the spring time rain.
Photography has been a little slow lately, largely due to the layup post surgery. Here are a few shots of little things close.
I haven’t tried time-lapse before, so I thought I would give it a go keeping to the seasonal theme of chocolate. Took me a while to sort myself out on this one, but I got there in the end.
Its been a while since I have posted some photos. Some friends and I have a new photography project in the works which will start in the new year. It will mean a bit more regular motivation to get out and take some interesting snaps, and more frequent photo posts from me.
I recently upgraded my canon 500D to a 7D, which is a really really nice camera. Theoretically it should take better photos that my previous one, but I guess it depends on who’s holding the camera :-). I have sold my current camera to my sister, so she is starting to pick up the hobby.
The rain in Auckland has been miserable lately, so I haven’t had a good chance to get out and take some photos, apart from a rainy day flower, and experimenting with light and kiwifruit.
Shutter 1/60, f/4, ISO400, 55mm
Shutter 1/250, f/10, ISO100, 116mm.