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Chest 86; Esima

7 Sep

Chest 86; Esima


It was 1973 and I spent the whole night awake watching a lady die from asthma. She wheezed her last, I saw her terrified eyes, and I watched her slide down that tunnel at four o’clock in the morning. Her attack was resistant to available drugs, and respiratory support resources were severely restricted due to medical sanctions imposed by so called civilised countries on the place that was then called Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). I have never forgotten her.

The excellent nursing staff at Harare Hospital call the condition Kuzarirwa and would say to us “Esima”.

The X-ray in this picture is from a young lady with asthma being treated in a modern intensive care. She survived. The image appears twice; both incorporated into the main image, and on the security monitor on the wall. It is the first time I have displayed an X-ray whole, and I think it makes a clear statement. It is paired with pollen bearing grasses and trees that cause allergic asthma in Queensland.

Boston Flowers

18 Jan

The chest X-ray in this image serves to frame the study, it was from a child with asthma; this links with the flowers and the sprays of yellow pollen. The use of meditation in treatment of asthma is a connection and to complete the circle is the link with Buddha and flowers, particularly lotus. We are born into a world of suffering. This suffering is a vital part of the human experience; it makes us stronger and teaches us who we are and to choose the right path over the easy one.


Chest 42; Boston Flowers

The flowers derive from an old worn doormat encountered on  shop-front during a day-visit to Martha’s Vineyard. The image of Buddha came when someone hacked my computer and left behind a stack of unwanted images, amongst them was this, after checking for viruses, I reckoned it in the public domain and so use it unattributed.

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