AIR: Part One

inspirational indeed.

Jess Dewes

On January 30th, 2014, a woman walked into my photography studio carrying a tote bag full of oxygen tanks and jewelry. She smiled at me from under the hose that disappeared into her nostrils and I fell for her instantly.

On film, first meeting, 1/30/14.

A few months prior to the day Julie VonderHaar came to my studio for a portrait, I was invited to be part of a group photography show at a gallery called SOHA in South St. Louis, MO.  I was informed that the theme of the exhibit was simply AIR. Each photographer (8 total) was to interpret the theme however they liked and create something for the show. As a businessperson, exhibiting in shows like this is rarely lucrative, but the artist in me couldn’t resist the opportunity to stretch a bit beyond my work portfolio of baby portraits, corporate head shots, and wedding documentation.

I knew…

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2 comments

  1. Margaret, I was totally gobsmacked when I came to this piece and it provoked a host of conflicting emotions. In 2014, after a particularly bad Bronchiectasis exacerbation, a test deemed that I needed ambulatory oxygen. To say I was horrified and terrified was to understate by a mile. I fought against this decision tooth and nail and about two months later, another go at the test ‘proved’ that I didn’t need oxygen after all. Hopefully, I will never need it but the thought of it hangs around like a spectre at a party. The photos of the woman in the article who posed so happily and unselfconsciously with her oxygen cannula on, actually reduced me to tears. Like I say, I hope it never happens but if it does, maybe I could manage to be brave about it too.

    • You have done better than me. After I read your comment I thought I’d try and find it myself and re read it But I couldn’t and its my site…And i can’t find the original blog that I read the article on. So now I am going to have another go – after a cup of tea, of course!

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