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 #28

This lovely woman needed a little reminding that everybody is important! 

My goal for this project was to photograph and interview 30 people. I have actually had the opportunity to 'enroll' 32 of my patients since starting the project. After I process the last several, I am planning to take a break and think about what my next project might be. I am not quite sure how one knows a project has been completed, but it feels to e like this one is winding down for me.

Back in September, I had introduced my Empathy Project. 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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© Howard Grill

© Howard Grill