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I have photographed many different subjects, scenes, and moments. There's a picture around every corner.
It began in 2003, while I was recovering from a traumatic brain injury. In April of that year, I contracted spinal meningitis with herpes-encephalitis. I came close to dying and ended up with debilitating chronic pain. The trauma to my brain caused considerable memory loss, and I had to relearn basic skills from scratch - walking, reading a clock, reciting the alphabet, and adding one plus one to make two.
I could no longer pursue my health care career, which I loved. I had started out as a street paramedic and then become an ER nurse. I also owned a training business, called Life Saving Maneuvers, where I taught EMS and medical professionals at all levels, nationally and internationally. I especially loved working with fire departments in Northeastern Massachusetts.
Photography was how I nurtured my creative side. It was and is an expression of what I see in my surroundings. Taking pictures came naturally to me. I concentrate on things that touch me deeply, frame an image in my mind. Then it is captured with my camera. At that time, I preferred to work in black and white. I rarely shot in color.
During my convalescence, I picked up my digital camera as soon as I could. Apparently, I became a bit obsessive snapping photos of everyone and annoyed the hospital staff to no end. My sister still tells me stories about that and they always make me smile.
While using the camera, I forgot to change the setting to black and white and started to take color photographs. At first, I didn’t realize it, and by the time I did, I liked it. Now, I do both, compare the results, and decide which image I like best.
In the meantime, things got more and more difficult for me. It was devastating having to give up the work I loved and feeling I no longer could do all the things I used to before. I became severely depressed. It was more than I could handle on my own. But over time, and with the help of professionals, I learned to cope, regain my mental strength and reclaim my positive spirit.
I am surrounded both by natural beauty and interesting people. I use my camera to document the world and then print images with a focus on the magic I find in daily life. My pictures tell my stories.
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