13 Aug 2010
This past Spring someone very close to me had to be hospitalized for weeks with a life-threatening issue (from which they've thankfully now fully recovered). Obviously I spent a lot of time at the hospital. The people who work there are, as a rule, highly dedicated and caring. The environment though is defined by illness - of course, but also by the ever-present risk of complications, and by the kafka-esque net of bureaucratic restrictions and regulations that results largely from the influence of insurance companies. Put this all together, and you've got a place which comes as close as I've encountered to a kind of limbo. It's about endlessly traversing hallways, and endlessly waiting for news, or to be called on to do something, all the time dealing with the anxiety and the ups and downs of your loved one's condition. I used photography as therapy to help me through it, and these are some of the resulting images.
My thanks and best wishes for continued good health to Rhio9, whose own photo projects during his hospital stays gave me the idea to do this.
And now, also huge thanks to Michael Risenhoover, to Paul Lavallee, and to Meggie Schwendemann for nominating this as Story of the Week.