I know (heavy sigh), all injuries are awful! Some are just more tolerable than others! In this case, my Doctor concluded that it is a shoulder impingement which includes tendonitis and bursitis. Lovely, on top of that, since I had waited a couple months to go in, it is now considered acute and will probably take twice as long to heal...Doctor figured around 6 months....I am a photographer, that is what I do. I hold up heavy cameras and lenses. So now, I cannot use my left arm to do much of ANYTHING including putting putting my hair up which is making me a grouchy lady! Yes, I left out old! Don't push it, I said I was grouchy! The good news is I can still photograph in the studio with the aide of my studio camera stand - thank goodness, because I don't know what I would do if I couldn't. With the constant pain (it's like having a migraine headache in my shoulder) it is really easy to get caught up in the spiral down, which for me creates major anxiety and throws me into a bit of a tail spin. Knowing this, instead I have been focusing on art. Fine Art! The part of photography that I so fell in love with so many years ago. Medium and large format film photography. Polaroids, Image emulsion transfers, and alternative printing processes.
Although I feel like I am just all over the place, I have been taking this time to get some of these things done! Things I have been putting on the back burner, things I have been working on, like perfecting a few of my Fine Art projects, writing blog posts, and playing with my little Dot.
Made this little stamp of Dot the other day.
I made two versions, one with her signature and one without. She seems to really like them. I found this all over the house this afternoon...Looks like somebody was busy. Just grateful she kept the ink on the paper and not the walls...
It is the fine art projects that I have been working on that made me realize that I had been missing something in my photographic process - that I had been missing something HUGE and that was my love for alternative fine art processes that revolve around photography. I have been working really hard on perfecting a few of these and am at about 5 months now with two of them. The third is one that I remember from photography school, and fortunately can still work on. Although they have discontinued the film...Fuji FP100C - an instant peel film just like the old Polaroid. Love the fact that it is one of a kind.
Enough of that, there will be another blog post introducing my new Fine Art Products! Coming Soon so keep and eye out for it!