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The things we do for art! This morning I was dressing to get ready to go photograph a special event at the Detroit Senior's Center when I slipped off my scooter seat. Fortunately, this happens rarely. But this time I remembered what Mary Ellen Mark had said to me when I'd showed her a photo I'd taken of a floor's eye view of my bedroom. "If you want to show what it's like when you fall, you've got to have yourself in the frame." Happily I could just barely reach my camera's strap that was hanging out of my scooter basket. So I spent the next 20 minutes on an unplanned "floor shoot." I'd already written the following text to accompany it:

"So what does it feel like to exist in a world where you cannot walk, where you're always at risk of falling, where your hands can do few of the tasks expected of them? For me it means I see the world as a dangerous place, not in terms of threats from other people, but as a place where I can never be sure of myself, never count on my safety, never really relax. When I write that it surprises me, yet I know it's true. The photo I took of myself getting out of bed reflects that reality. It speaks of my anxiety about transferring safely from my bed into the seat of my scooter. It was that transfer that landed me on the floor at 3 a.m. one June morning and necessitated my calling 911 for help getting up. Dressing is another risky endeavor. It's all too easy to slip off the seat of my scooter. Getting up by myself can take close to an hour. My view of the world from the floor is not one I care to repeat. But I know I will."

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Guest 17-Aug-2008 22:36
I missed this one is amazing to watch your photography change. There are so many photos now that tells us the story of what is to live your life, yet they don't all have the scooter as the central theme. They have Patricia the person...right down to her toe nails. Your dedication is paying off in gold.
Keith Goldstein17-Aug-2008 17:11
Fantastic Patricia. ~v~
PauloCGama16-Aug-2008 13:21
love the light and perspective a lot. V

cheers from your friend
Neal Nye16-Aug-2008 12:47
The mark of a dedicated photographer. When something happens, photograph it first and then deal with it. I hope you suffered no serious damage.
Jaime González16-Aug-2008 07:04
First of all, I hope you are well. You are right, unfortunately sometimes the world is a dangerous place.
ONE BIG VOTE for your courage, for your words and for this great documentary image. -BV-
ofer zilberstein16-Aug-2008 05:54
Love the light and pespective.
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