I’m very happy to share with you the honor I received of having nine of my photographs chosen to decorate the walls of San Francisco General Hospital’s (SFGH) brand new Pediatric Opthalmology Clinic. Much of the funding for this new clinic was raised by That Man May See, a non-profit organization that supports, by raising funds, the goals of UCSF Ophthalmology (including SFGH): to save and restore sight for present and future generations. There are two photo galleries below, and beneath them is the story of how this all came about.
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This first set is from the Clinic’s opening celebration:
The opening celebration photos were taken by photographer Trish Tunney.
The second set below is of my actual chosen photographs.
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How my photographs were chosen was interesting. We met the organization’s President, Kathleen Rydar after my wife Cathleen and I made a donation to That Man May See in the memory of a longtime friend of Cathleen’s family, Pearl Kimura. Pearl was the wife of Samuel Kimura, MD, also deceased. He was the person who taught me Opthalmology in medical school at UCSF. So we had a number of different ways in which we were all connected.
In speaking with Kathleen Rydar, we mentioned our various connections and that I was now retired and pursuing photography. Now that she knew of my connections to pediatrics, UCSF and SFGH (where I had done part of my residency) she told us about the clinic which would be opening in a few months and she asked to see my photography website. I offered to donate some photographs for the new clinic if she and the lead Pediatric Ophthalmologist were interested. They were very excited about it and chose nine images to be displayed on the clinic’s walls.
They’ve described the clinic as a “cheery space, with its colorful nature photos, …designed to reduce stress for overwhelmed families. Children play and learn in the pediatric waiting room.”
You can read more about the clinic in the organization’s Fall 2012 newsletter, Visions. Click or right-click here to see or download the PDF file.