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Healing the inner scars
Healing the inner scars

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Alternative Medicine (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Home
Date: Mar 3, 2007
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60s
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2007

An emotionally difficult photograph for me to take in that it shows the surgical damage done to my wife during a series of increasingly serious gynaecological operations, which started - and ended - many years ago. I have been continually amazed at her courage throughout all of this and she inspires me to this day.

Not sure that this photo is "obvious" enough to get peoples attention but it shows the path of the gynae scars, produced after four major operations, moving towards the "belly button" and beyond. The carnelian pyramid represents several alternative therapies, although in this case it is meant to represent crystal healing using the chakras. The chakra here is the sacral plexus (navel) chakra that typically represents the reproductive system as well as the spleen and bladder. Orange is the sacral plexus colour and carnelian is one of several crystals associated with healing for the chakra.

The title for the photograph was suggested by my wife. She has had many other problems to deal with but she has always been attuned to the so-called alternative therapies, which have often provided a better holistic solution than Western-style medicine for her.
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06/20/2007 06:28:28 AM
Sorry to see this was DQ'd but so glad you entered. I know that scars can bring people so much upset and can be quite ugly but there is something so strong about a person who can show those scars and keep smiling...I love the idea here and hope that your wife continues in good health.
03/14/2007 01:50:23 AM
Wow, I like this photo. I'm assuming that the operations having ended means she is okay? I've always admired people with the strength to share with the world a picture of themselves with scars. It always speaks to me of a beauty that surpasses and transcends anything that could be scarred.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/12/2007 11:53:30 AM
nice concept a little blury
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03/12/2007 11:43:16 AM
Interesting idea, I would love to see the whole photo in focus.
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03/11/2007 09:44:29 PM
this shot is wow... the usm around the stone makes it appear as if its flowing down the scared path. Very nice capture.
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03/09/2007 12:20:42 PM
a little oversharpened... but then again you probably wanted to give the pyramid a glow around the edges (?)
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03/08/2007 01:49:44 AM
Interesting image but the PP around the triangle stone is too obvious.
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03/07/2007 08:45:06 PM
I know scars are not nice but the lighting here is not helping either. A low key image would've had a different appeal.
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03/07/2007 02:19:27 PM
Looks like a little too much post-sharpening, but good use of leading lines.
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03/07/2007 01:17:41 PM
Not exactly sure what this is a picture of.
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03/07/2007 12:34:21 PM
is that "sharpening halo" around the pyramid stone?
although i absolutely like the concept, composition and lighting.
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03/07/2007 03:52:54 AM
Slightly disturbing but wonderful image.
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