day one hundred & sixty-six

Aug 27th, 2015

It’s been awhile.

My eyes have failed me lately.

Cataracts in both eyes over the last two years.

Retina detachment left eye with 3 surgeries & procedures last year.

Now more surgery to come.

Last July I was told I nearly lost my sight in my left eye.

Thanks to amazing doctors at Ottawa’s Eye Institute – a world leading institution & founder Dr. Brian Leonard (my doctor) – I didn’t.

Around this time, I bought a book about Dorothea Lange, one of America’s best documentary photographers.

Looking through it, I stumbled across a searing quote.

Lange shot some of the most iconic images from the 1930s Depression of rural America.

The famous “Migrant Mother” in March 1936 as part of the series “Human Erosion in California”.

Her quote is from an interview during an AQED San Francisco Audio Recording from 1964-1965.

She says:

“One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.

To live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable.

I have only touched it, just touched it.”

I can still see.