I wanted to take the opportunity to bring you some news as we "fall back" in November. There have been quite a few things that have changed.
I'll start with the biggest news. This summer and fall I've dealt with a large health challenge. For those of you who didn't know, since 2007 I've battled a rare type of cancer in my left arm. I had operations in 2007 & 2012 to remove tumors and to keep the use of my arm. While both surgeries were successful, the cancer did return this summer. My only option at that point to be permanently cancer-free was to have the arm amputated at the shoulder. I had this operation performed on October 9, a little over 3 weeks ago.
Please understand that this is GOOD news! I am now free of the threat of recurrence of my cancer. More importantly, I still continue to photograph. I am finding lots of ways to adapt to one-handed photographic life, not all of them tripod related. Of great interest is the program I'm in for eventually getting the world's most advanced prosthetic arm, the Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) being developed at the Hopkins Applied Physics Lab & funded by the defense department's advanced research folks. The arm will be available in 2-3 years, and is capable of the full motion of a biological arm. Even being built with the ability for touch & temperature sensitivity. It's works the same way your arm works, by thinking what you want to do and having it happen, aka neural control. here's a link to a CNN video showing what the arm can do: http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/02/tech/innovation/bionic-robotic-arm-limb-amputee/.
But most importantly, I'm back to shooting & exhibiting. I'm part of an opening exhibit & reception for a new gallery in Towson, the Ellene "Brit" Christiansen Art Center, located at 40 W. Chesapeake Ave., just off York Rd. The gallery exists to offer artists with disabilities a space to exhibit & sell their works alongside artists without disabilities. The show runs through Dec. 14.
And just in case you were wondering, I have new work up on the website. Among the new pieces are a couple from my first one-handed shoot, just a couple of days ago. The fall leaves after the morning storm were too nice to ignore.
Thanks again for your support. I fully expect to be back out on the show circuit in the coming year, so look for announcements on email & on the website. Until then, keep having fun!
Yellow on Red