It’s art! (25.09.2019)
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a poster I’d seen at the hospital where I’m a rare disease patient.
It was for a community art exhibition, to be held right there in the hospital. It’s the second year of “Journeys Through Health: An Art Exhibition”. Somehow I missed its first year.
This “annual community-based visual arts exhibition” is meant to be a place for patients, families, caregivers, and healthcare staff – anyone who’s touched by illness. The theme for the 2nd edition of this art show is “New Beginnings”.*
I thought it was a great idea, to showcase art by patients, nurses, doctors, and other hospital employees – all side by side. So I sent in one of my photos, even though it wasn’t taken with a real camera.
My disease affects my right hand and arm, so I can’t use a real camera anymore. But I love nature photography, so now try to apply its principles using only a smartphone. No filters or special software; only angle, composition, shadow, sun.
This is the photo I submitted, one I took at dawn in my gardens at home. I love the colours, and the angle of the shot. Along with the way the sun’s hitting the leaves, and the rock in the top left of the shot. They seem to be glowing in the early morning light.
If you look closely, you can see some of the flower petals still unfurling on the rudbeckias. They’re the bright yellow flowers, often called black-eyed Susans – or brown-eyed Susans – here in Canada.
To me, those unfurling petals fit in with the “New Beginnings” theme of the art exhibition; flowers that are ‘just beginning’.
But I submitted this photo just for fun, at the last minute; actually the day the contest ended! Because I thought the shared exhibition – putting patients’ & hospital employees’ artwork side-by-side – was such a good idea that I wanted to show my support.
Guess what? I got an email today, during my business trip, telling me: “Your artwork has been selected for the exhibition – Congratulations!”.
I can’t believe it, I really can’t. My submission was just for fun, just to show my support for this exhibition & its purpose. And now my little smartphone photo will be hanging on a wall in the hospital! Called “artwork”.
The email said “Your artwork will be on display from October 25, 2018 until May 2019”. And I’ve been invited to the official “launch of this event, the Vernissage” at my university-hospital, the evening of October 25th. Wow.
* Visit the Journeys Through Health: An Art Exhibition website for more information.