Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

The Empathy Project #26

Do you know what a wood pattern maker does? Neither did I, but this very pleasant man really enjoyed his work, which combined the technical with the 'doing'. Listen on.....

When I first started this project back in September I had been hoping to collect 30 portraits and interviews. At the time I though that might be a bit 'pie in the sky', but it looks like it just might happen (especially since, while I have 26 processed, I actually have 3 more already waiting to work on!)

The idea behind this 'humanism in medicine' project is that doctors often see patients without nearly as much time as they would like to have in order to get to know them  as 'people'.  It's easy for doctors to lose sight of the fact that patients have the same types of lives as they do, with the same ups and downs, and with interesting events that they have either witnessed or lived through. This project is an attempt to recognize 'patients as people' by having me take their portrait and record their stories at the end of their visit to my office.

As I make these posts, the portraits and audio will be added to my Empathy Project Portfolio, where all the entries can be seen and listened to in a group.

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