Grim Reaper series No 5; Pneumonia

27 Nov
Reaper 5 C

Reaper Series 5; Pneumonia

This is a subject I have dealt with before; Pneumonia. The clinical condition comes on like flu with soaring fever, body ache, persistent cough, and if left untreated, or treated too late can kill swiftly. Although this affects young people, it is the very young or old, or people with immune deficiency due to other diseases such as diabetes who can’t fight the infection and are most at risk. Together with influenza this is the sixth leading cause of death.
The index X-ray in this image is from a man with pneumonia in intensive care.Also included as a layer is the clinical note from the referring doctor, a drawing of the clinical findings – the doctor’s own artwork reflected back to us.
Infection of the lung causes the air sacs to fill up with pus and fluid so oxygen cannot be absorbed and can’t reach the body cells which function poorly. In advanced cases the bacteria spread to other organs such as the kidneys causing failure. If treatment is too late there is insufficient time to reverse these changes and the person will succumb.
Pneumonia was once known as ”the handmaiden of death” but also as “the old man’s friend”.
In this artwork I have departed somewhat from the usual flamboyant use of colour and restricted myself to a palette of browns and pinks. The image reminds me of a polished wooden surface (a coffin?) and thus takes a sombre tone.

4 Responses to “Grim Reaper series No 5; Pneumonia”

  1. burgessart November 28, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    Wonderful post Tony! The image is very modern with restricted colour and graffeti-like image. I always love how you add all the technical knowledge for further your enjoyment of the image.

    • Xraypics November 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

      Thanks. To me an image is incomplete without the story. I am still new to this game and it is a learning process so your comment about restricted colour is much appreciated. This is probably one of the best I’ve done yet, though am aware that other people might not necessarily agree. Tony

      • burgessart November 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

        Many great artists restrict their palette to concentrate on form and content. One was VanGogh who worked for years honing his talents before unleashing his powerful colours. Picasso restricted his palette during Cubism. Pollock’s drip paintings were mainly restrictive except for the later Blue Poles.

      • Xraypics November 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

        Yeah, I should take a lesson from that, though i find that even when I try to restrict my palette colours seem to creep in then leap out at me unexpectedly. There’s no doubt however in my mind that control is good. Interesting though, the more vibrant pictures are often the more popular, which is why I said that not everyone agrees with my views. Cheers, Tony

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