Have you ever experienced one of those moments of hyper acuity? Consciousness seems so sharp, the quality of the light, the smells, the sounds in the background, the gritty tactility of touch; all assume fresh and new meanings. It is this perception that I try to capture with this image.
The index X-ray comes from a premature infant in the neonatal intensive care unit. This infant was being ventilated when the endotracheal tube slipped down the right bronchus causing the left lung temporarily to collapse. This is a situation that requires rapid detection and immediate correction.
It has always seemed to me that the infant lying in those Intensive care cassettes suffers a degree of sensory deprivation as it is insulated from the sensations of life. At the moment of birth, the infant emerges from a dark, warm uterus, where even sound is subdued, into a world where suddenly it is subjected to light and noise, cold, tactile stimuli, and the overwhelming requirement to breathe. The contrast cannot be greater. The sensation must be dimly reflected in those acutely aware moments we rarely encounter in adult life.
Being me….. I couldn’t help fiddling around with this image, and so I created this. Personally I prefer the first, it means more to me, but the second has a greater general appeal. Once again I would appreciate comments from any readers.