What is a photographer certain to pack when going in for surgery & hospitalization? Well, the insurance card, photo ID, and a camera, of course.
After getting thru the groggy, in & out of consciousness of the first several hours after surgery, I could finally keep my eyes open and look around the hospital room in which I would spend the next few days.
The hospital is fairly modern (i.e. No Green Tiles!), recently constructed, and so in addition to the clean feeling one would expect, there is also a newness, a polish, a shine. The post-op floor is the tenth (highest) floor, and the rooms all have big picture windows, so the natural light is plentiful and pleasing. Over the days the weather was sometimes overcast, sometimes rainy, sometimes broken-clouds & partly sunny, and there was one entire day of blue skies (always a treasure in the Pacific Northwest). Even on the cloudiest, rainiest of days, I did not turn on the overhead lights.
As soon as I was able, I reached for my camera and began shooting from the bed. A day later, I was able to move over to a chair, shoot from there. Another day later, I could move about the room, in a slow trudging manner, and shoot from different perspectives.
So, a photographer comes-to in a hospital room and, before very long, will be noticing the quality of light and quantity of images to capture! In other words, pretty much like every other waking moment….
Here are a few of those images:
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