15 Unreal Mutations and Medical Condition Photos
As a medical photographer I am often asked if I have any medical conditions or 15 Unreal Mutations that I have worked with. The answer to this question is that I don’t have any 15 Unreal Mutations and only one. This condition came on my very first assignment as a medical photographer, an assignment to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. I took a few photographs of burned houses, wrecked cars, twisted bodies, and an overall view of total destruction. This was not necessarily my best photo assignment, but I did manage to get a few good ones out of it.
Two days later I was called by one of the photographers from the scene. He explained that he had the same photo and asked if I could pick them up for his publication. I told him no, since I didn’t want to use any of the photos in the book, but I did let him use one of them in the back. After that he never used the photo.
A while later he asked me if I would like to go to New Orleans again to take pictures. I told him that I would like to, however, first ask myself if I wanted to change anything about my photos. I asked myself if I was happy with how they looked, and honestly, I really wasn’t. I wanted them to be a little different, but not drastically different. I realized that what really mattered to me, and what my clients and readers were looking for, was the story behind each image. So after I took some more photos in New Orleans, I decided to change the conditions of one of the photos.
What changed was the name of one of the subjects in one of the photos
He was no longer identified as the patient in the photograph, but rather as the name of the “actor”. In the prior version of the photo, his condition had been mispronounced, and this resulted in a misfiring medical laser that did not heal his condition. I changed his name to Angelenos, which means handsome in Spanish. This slight change made all the difference.
The medical condition photos in my book have been altered to make them more interesting. I have actually met people who have undergone real conditions that my photographs helped them to cure. Others have simply been fortunate enough to find the courage to look in the mirror at their real condition. But no matter what your real condition is, I have helped people to find hope for a new lease on life. After all, no one deserves to be living in dread, alone, or with an impossible disease.
There are many people in my private practice who suffer from real medical conditions, but they don’t deserve to be categorized as having an incurable disease. This could only perpetuate more suffering for them. I believe that people deserve to have hope, and to live with real conditions. People suffering from real conditions may be going through hell, but I want them to see that there are light at the end of the tunnel. People who look in the mirror and see only what is hidden under a mask, only see what is covered up, but these people can also see a chance for a new life.
Some of my real conditions clients have gone on to have miraculous recoveries, curing themselves in as little as two weeks
This does not happen in ten days with some conditions, and if it could, it wouldn’t have happened so fast with Angelenos. The fact that he survived shows that there are things out there that can cure you of any type of malady. The unreal, however, is that while the medical treatments in this book were designed to help people in need, they can also help those who simply feel like giving up.
While I don’t think this book is going to change the way that people see their reality, I do think that it could give a slight push towards a new way of looking at life. People who live with the unreal may have only seen it as a nightmare, but to people who are living in hell, it’s a new kind of nightmare. To have hope and belief in something that may seem like it’s impossible makes life much more bearable. There is no reason for living in a world that presents you with such choices, when there are countless possibilities waiting outside the closed doors of the box.