With this post I reach the end of this alphabet series, and in some ways it is a relief, in others a fascinating journey. Looking back over the pictures for this series it has been interesting to see how my focus has changed, how I have used varied techniques, and how different the impact of the pictures has been.
Z on any child’s alphabet is for Zebra, but it is also for Zoo, and there is a group of diseases, some very different indeed, called Zoonoses. This is where an agent that normally affects animals becomes transferred to humans, and people with close contact to animals – farmers, abattoir workers and veterinarians – are most at risk. Occasionally the disease is transmitted directly such as a tuberculous skin disease that affects fish and gets transferred to the skin of people working in aquaria. Others are transmitted indirectly through things like milk – listerosis, or brucellosis for example.
For this picture I chose a woman who owned a parrot and contracted psittacosis through breathing in the dust from the bird faeces as she cleaned the cage.
The picture contains layers of various colours to bring out the overall effect, prominent amongst those is a close-up photo of a rainbow lorikeet – his foot is just visible at the bottom of the picture. I had a photo of rusty reinforcement bars sticking out of the side of a building which was warped and re-coloured to give a graceful sweep and focus the eye onto the X-ray picture on the lower left.