I got to tell you something…
Today is 311 day. (March 11.) 311 is a band. 311 can be many other things too, from a government help line to a fictional area code. I am posting tonight so that my Advanced Photography students can learn more about me as a photographer with epilepsy. This week I have assigned a great deal of writing. I thought I would give them the chance to create extra work for me if they wish. (It is my version of extra credit.)
I took these photographs last April in San Diego at the 2013 Sharon’s Ride Run Walk for Epilepsy. The event benefited the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. This photo was taken before the photo at the top of the post.
So, what brings me here? When I look at the first photo, I realize that I see things differently than most people and that I might be cursed. Like the mythical Cassandra, I have a gift to predict, yet I won’t be believed. All three of these photos are decent, but the first photo caputures many more layers.
516. I was born on May 16. I saw the 516 bib when I took the photo. I saw the 311 bib too and began singing “Amber” (“Brainstorm, take me away from the norm….) Epilepsy is a neurological condition so brainstorms are relevant. I saw the sign for Cassandra’s Kisses and I quickly incorporated the Greek Myth into the photograph. People with epilepsy are often disbelieved until it is too late.
In this photo, I processed many moving parts rapidly and composed a photo with a strong visual narrative. I do not think that most people can do this. I do not know how to turn it off.
Later this month, I am going to attend the 2014 National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, D.C. this month. I will also photograph the 2014 event in San Diego. On May 17th 2014, I plan to participate in the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California walk.
shades of gold displayed naturally….