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Kanjiro Blur

Kanjiro Blur

After the eye surgery, when I first started exploring what I could see, or not, with my left eye, I went looking for color.  The first realization that I could see anything the least bit artistically interesting was when I studied the white flower of Camellia sasanqua ‘Apple Blossom’ after brushing against it in the garden.  I wrote about this in M’Eyes.  But its white flower only looked gray and fo... Read More »

The Gas Bubble update

The Gas Bubble update

After retina surgery, the doctors put a nitrous oxide gas bubble into my eye.  This is just enough pressure to hold the retina in place while it heals.  The bubble is the reason my eyesight is so blurry in the left eye. Depending on how I hold my head, the gas bubble moves around; and when I look straight down at something very close to my eye I am best able to combine the vision of two eyes into one image.  I don... Read More »

M'Eyes

M'Eyes

I have a very unusual optic nerve – my left.  I have often, rather flippantly, credited my career choice as a photographer to my optic nerve coloboma.  It has never been more than a fascinating curiosity to optometrists; until now, after the detached retina and Dr. Richard McDonald of West Coast Retina began explaining the need for a more serious eye surgery – a vitrectomy.  My first procedure at UCSF Medical Center ... Read More »

This Can't Be Happening

This Can't Be Happening

  Here’s the deck behind my house, sideways and blurry. The very day I went to see the eye doctor, I shot a video of the deck after talking with an editor at Taunton Books about future projects.  I used the video feature of my G11 camera to shoot the deck as a potential photo location, but did not get around to preparing the file before my appointment. Little did I know I had a detached retina and would be... Read More »

It Started with Blurry Vision

It Started with Blurry Vision

It began with a vague suspicion.  Was my vision, out there in the outer periphery of the left eye, blurry?  Now, you say, how could you not know your retina was becoming detached ? The blurriness of my eye was a filminess that would surely blink  away.  I was busy – my eyes in constant use in an unusually busy late season of shooting.  Once I slow down, and less time fussing over the computer, resting my eyes, ... Read More »

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