We often say that health is the most valuable thing in life. But how often do we REALLY take time to appreciate our health? How often do we REALLY mean it when we say health is all you need and everything else will just fall into place?
I will tell you when. When our own health, or our loved ones’ health, has been compromised.
Now let me ask you this: how often do we really take time to appreciate the work of doctors and nurses who are there, battling to save lives on a daily basis?
Only when our health has been compromised and we have been taken care of by them.
Unfortunately, this year I had the unpleasant ‘’opportunity’’ of having to re-appreciate my health. Fortunately, I had the right people by me.
One of them was Dr. Anastasios Christodoulou and his team in Nicosia, Cyprus. So when he asked me to take pictures for a particular project, I felt honoured. Honoured that I could bring to light what happens in that cold room of the surgery room when the doors close behind them. How these people dedicate themselves to saving lives, regardless of how they might be feeling on the day, or how their day is going, or if they are experiencing a traumatic moment themselves. In that given time, they have only one task. And they are fully into the moment. One mistake could be fatal. The pressure is enormous. At the end of the day, they are humans, not gods. And they know that, but still they show up to work day after day, dedicated to helping people.
So there I am as well. A photographer, in a surgery room.. Taking pictures… Capturing the moment. I feel so humble. Perhaps even useless, that all I can do is take pictures.
But then I remembered why I became a photographer in the first place. It’s to be able to shed light onto moments like these, so that you KNOW. So that you are aware. So that you can SEE.
All photographers around the world have one thing in common. Whether they are wedding photographers, commercial photographers and landscape photographers or whether they are into fashion photography or food photography, the objective is one: it’s to tell a story. To inform. To pass on information.
So in the same way I love shooting a wedding, a christening, a special occasion, I loved this. I want you to see these images, feel these people and appreciate the moment. And appreciate them.
Thank you doctors and nurses for your sacred work….
And thank you reader for taking the time to read this….