Rebecca Wilks

Rebecca Wilks; Photographer, Teacher, Yarnellian, Do-Gooder

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thanks for all the fish



It didn’t really hit me until I started culling patient charts.  I looked up AZ statutes and determined that I need to keep six years worth of charts.  The rest, maybe 2/3 of the total, will be shredded. As mind-numbing as the task was, there was a ritual quality to it which I seem to have needed.  


I’ve been at this for about 20 years, at first while still practicing OB-Gyn and then with a freestanding Medical Acupuncture practice.  I’ve seen a lot of patients in that time, and the chart project was an amazing trip into the foggy reaches of my middle-aged brain.  What a blessing to get to know and help all these folks.  I’m grateful, it’s been fabulous, and it’s time to move on.


Why the paper clips?  That’s roughly how many records I'll be sending to the shredder.  I didn’t count (my mind is sufficiently numb from the culling), but there were a lot, and many included thank-you cards, holiday greetings and birth announcements.  There were relationships long and short, serious and light-hearted.  Many will continue.



 A friend from my OB/Gyn practice made this logo for me when I was just finishing acupuncture training., I adore it still.  Equally special was the intarsia piece inspired by the logo; a patient gift.


Most of my Acupuncture practice was in this office on Bell Road.  I so appreciate Glenna and Caroll Wheat, my landlords, for putting the office within financial reach.


So, after 28 years I’m changing my medical licensure status to “retired,” paying my malpractice ‘tail,” selling off some stuff, and becoming primarily a Photographer, Volunteer, and more involved member of my family.


Next chapter; many more phtographic images to come.


“So long, and thanks for all the fish.” -Douglas Adams





Thursday, May 11, 2017

Black & White Week





Valley of the Gods, UT
I’m just back from the 14th annual and penultimate Moab Photo Symposium.  I’ve been a little late to the party, as last year was my first Symposium. This round I was equally impressed with Bruce Hucko and crew’s creation of an inspirational experience in a family atmosphere.  

This year’s theme, Black and White.

Telephoto Detail, Canyonlands National Park
Here are some thoughts on the subject from the event’s presenters.  These remarks and the accompanying images were impetus for me to do a bit more greyscale work than usual.

Chuck Kimmerle:  For some, B & W is the only language, and color is merely a distraction.

Guy Tal: For others, B & W is one dialect of the visual language.

Bruce Barnbaum: B & W is a step toward abstraction, Meaning (I intuit) a removal of one of the literal aspects.

Michael Gordon: You can do almost anything [processing] B & W, and it works.

Bruce Hucko: B & W images are uniquely beautiful to look at.

Muley Point; The view over the San Juan River to Monument Valley
I’d add that there’s a particular historical weight to these images, bringing to mind photography pioneers, as well as an emphasis on pattern and texture when the (indeed) distraction of color is removed.

Sometimes, for me, I render in Black and White simply because the color doesn’t contribute anything.

The preceding images are from last week in Southeastern Utah.  More, some in color, are In the Summer 2017 Gallery on the website.

Windy day at the Dunes
I was also inspired by the symposium to “Dumpster Dive” a bit more.  Here’s a re-worked image from Death Valley.

All the best to you in your desaturated adventures.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Backlight


Backlighted Water, Dragoon Mountains, AZ

I'm a backlight junkie.  I love shooting into the sun, despite the challenges it poses with exposure and lens flare.  Or maybe partly because of them.

Cottonwood, Watson Lake, Prescott AZ
Backlight is magical behind translucent things like cholla spines, fall leaves, and a head of blonde hair.  It can also set off a dramatic silhouette, and allows for creation of a sun star if conditions are right.

Athmospheric, Kofa Mountins, AZ
Lighted from behind, a foggy or dusty scene is transformed.  In fact, backlight gives an opportunity to show a new perspective.

Forsyth Park, Savannah GA
All this is true, but mostly I love the luscious and beautiful depth of emotion that's available in a backlighted scene.

Poppy, White Tank Mountains AZ
There are worse addictions, right?