Aqua, Amber and Ankylosing Spondylitis.

20 Apr

Aqua, amber ank spond J

 

This challenge was simply the letter “A”, hopefully it’ll be possible to do one for each of the letters of the alphabet.

I have just been teaching online a group of young, newly appointed remote doctors, and the first case I showed them was a man with ankylosing spondylitis. His spine was fused solid from the top to the bottom. A disease of the fibrous attachments to bone.

The “strandy” appearance of this image refers to the collagen fibres in ligaments which become inflamed and finally calcify. The colours in the image were quite difficult to achieve, but I think it has almost made it. The problem was to maintain the chaotic linearity but not make it too busy.

The picture contains four images; the chest X-ray with spinal fusion, strands of paint on glass, a stylised painting of a lotus on a flaking piece of wood, and a background grey that somehow changed the image significantly though contributing little extra to the texture.

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2 Responses to “Aqua, Amber and Ankylosing Spondylitis.”

  1. joergkruth April 20, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

    like adding the lotus Tony.

  2. leecleland April 21, 2016 at 6:56 am #

    Interesting juxtaposition of elements.

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