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A Kaleidoscope of Resolutions

New Year’s Eve, 2017

Pt. Richmond, California

 

“A day is a span of time no one is wealthy enough to waste.” – from my son’s fortune cookie after our photo shoot

This year is the fourth year that I have photographed Christine Findley and her daughter. Each year I photograph them around Christmas. It has become our tradition. The first year, we met in Clayton, California on Christmas day. The last three years, we have met in the East Bay. I create a photo book and give it to them.

2017 Findley Family Photos

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I am pretty sure that I get more out of our outings than I give. This year my son Mason joined us, and in the spirit of New Year’s Eve, I began creating resolutions.

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I often look at the world through my camera. Some people question if I am missing out on something, but when look through my camera, it’s as if I am viewing the world through a kaleidoscope. I realize that it is not that way for many people, perhaps because they close one of their eyes or they don’t see in color, but it is for me… at least usually.

In the next year, I am going to keep looking.

 

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On the way home, I asked Mason to tell me about his favorite experience of the day. He told me it was the few minutes we spent on the makeshift seesaw we found on a deserted beach. It was a good reminder that joy is often found in the simple things. We can please others and ourselves by listening to the things that make us happy. In the next year, I resolve to look for the seesaws on empty beaches.

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When I thought we had finished, Christine’s daughter asked that we walk out to the end of park. We watched a sunset and took some of the best photos of the day. It was another reminder to look for beauty everywhere, even in unlikely places.

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kaleidoscopes, seesaws, abandoned buildings.

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I am including the blog post from 2015 and the fortune cookie picture above. The link to the photo gallery is at the top of this post.

Four Seasons of Epilepsy Awareness

Winter, spring, summer or fall… but mostly fall.

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The 2017 Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California’s annual Candlelight Gala was last weekend. This year, EFNC held the event at the Four Seasons in San Francisco.

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I have had epilepsy for more than thirty years. I have been photographing epilepsy events for almost ten years. Those of us with epilepsy have been searching for ways to communicate what we experience. Besides writing and speaking about epilepsy, I give pictures.

Here are some of those images from the candlelight gala.

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Another person with epilepsy created a virtual reality experience. People without epilepsy could “take a first glimpse into the world of Jane.” As I understood the experience, Jayne says what she feels, thinks and hears after a seizure. Participants could see how Jane struggled to make sense of some of her surroundings.

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I would like to create a virtual reality experience application for smartphones that we could install for each season. I would especially want my friends to experience the VR Epilepsy Empathy application during the holiday season when everyone is celebrating. You could put on the VR application and hear your neurologist remind you to avoid alcohol and stress. Later, you can go to all the stressful parties that include alcohol and receive updates from your virtual neurologist.

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Something even more incredible than a virtual experience happened last weekend. Actual people with epilepsy appeared. Three people with epilepsy shared their “journey with epilepsy.” One person is the co-founder of YouTube.

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Another person with epilepsy, Miles Levin, received the Community Volunteer of the Year Award. Miles makes films, which is another form of virtual reality. He is changing how people view us. He is increasing awareness.

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November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, but every season brings new challenges and new reasons for carry on.

Craig Pitti San Marin Memorial

People often contact me and ask me questions about photography, but a couple weeks ago I received an unusual phone call about some of my photographs. A woman found pictures of the 2011 San Marin High School basketball team’s North Coast Section championship season.

She wanted the pictures for a memorial service.

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That’s how I learned that San Marin’s basketball coach Craig Pitti died. Craig had been diagnosed with Cancer this September. He died last month. San Marin High School held a memorial service last week.

I attended the memorial and brought my camera.

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I taught at San Marin High School during the 2010-2011 school year when SMHS won it’s first section title. For the five year anniversary, I created a photo book and sent it to Pitti. I neglected to include my name, but he responded with a beautiful message that I plan to keep as long as possible. During the playoffs last year, I attended one of San Marin’s games when they played at another one of my former schools. Pitti looked like he could have coached another 25 years.

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I have written a few times about the 2011 San Marin season. In one post, I discuss the last eleven days of the basketball season as “A Season to Remember.” In many of the pictures, the gym is full. After the games, people are hugging and celebrating. Many people were stunned in 2011.

2011 photos 

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This year, I recognized many of the people from my 2011 photos. Perhaps because I have relived my old basketball pictures so often, I also noticed that I began reproducing similar images. I noticed the crowd outside. I saw the coaches wait on the sideline. I watched the families gather. I witnessed people hugging each other on the court holding onto memories.

It was as if we were looking for the next season to remember.

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