The Orphaned Images Project: Little girl in gingham dress

4 01 2011

This is an ambrotype (circa 1854) housed in a Union Case, commonly used for ambrotype photos from the mid 1850s – 1870s. The left side of the case is made of velvet and the metal around the photos is s soft gold-colored alloy called pinchbeck. The outside of the case is made from a compound of sawdust and shellac, which allows elaborate patterns to be created. The image is hand tinted pink on the little girl’s cheeks and the frame has a cover (with a red velvet interior) much like the images in this link here.

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Lisa Fuller Seward: A Missionary’s Life

12 11 2010

Lisa Fuller Seward is our cover profile for the November/December 2010 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, which I design and produce bimonthly for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). I met and photographed Lisa and her daughter Hilary for the magazine at HLAA’s convention in Milwaukee this past June.

Lisa, husband Tom, and their three children (Hilary, a college freshman studying graphic design; Benjamin, a high school freshman; and Caleb, who just started fifth grade) are missionaries in Mali, West Africa. They are currently in Chicago for the 2010-11 school year, with the intention of returning to their missions work with World-Venture in Mali next summer.

Lisa and Tom are currently helping with the youth program at their church, and Lisa is also a volunteer mentor in the “Mom to Mom” program. Their main responsibility this year on home assignment is to report to their donor base and build new support for the programs they are involved in overseas, including student sponsorships and women’s literacy. Regular updates and pictures are posted on their family blog at www.tomseward.com.

Lisa plans to concentrate on language learning upon her return to Africa, working on the trade language to better communicate with nationals, particularly the women, many of whom have received very little education. She enjoys exchanging cooking styles and learning to live a rustic life, while sharing in the joys and sorrows of weddings, funerals, business ventures, and illnesses. Since their return to Africa after Lisa’s illness and subsequent hearing loss and cochlear implantation, the Sewards have sensed an increased interest in their input by local friends who value their commitment to returning after such a difficult personal life event. The Sewards are eager to increase their impact in people’s lives as their sensitivity to people with disabilities has grown.

Download Lisa’s article are her hearing loss journey in pdf format by clicking the link here: LisaFullerSeward.

Very special thanks to:

HLAA member Dan Schwartz, who connected me to Lisa online through Facebook, suggesting that she might make a great profile subject for our magazine (he was right!);

Photographer Jim Adams for providing additional photos of Lisa and her family for the Mali collage;

and Leslie Lesner, audiologist and owner of Lesner Hearing Center, in Alexandria, Virginia, for affording me the opportunity to photograph various hearing aids at her practice to illustrate Mark Ross’ article in this issue.

Other articles in this issue of Hearing Loss Magazine include:

“We Move Forward When We’re Ready” by Richard Reed
A late-deafened musician tells how he adjusted to a cochlear implant.

The Sounds of Music—Strategies for Improving Music Appreciation with a Cochear Implant, by Donna Sorkin, vice president of consumer affairs at Cochlear Americas

Choosing and Using a Cell Phone with Your Hearing Aid or Cochlear Implant by Lise Hamlin, director of Public Policy at the Hearing Loss Association of America

Convention 2011—A Capital Experience by Nancy Macklin, director events and marketing at the Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Healthcare Professional—The Key Factors in Determining Successful Use of a Hearing Aid by Mark Ross, audiologist and associate at the Rehabilitation Engineering Center (RERC) at Gallaudet University

Want to learn more about the Hearing Loss Association of America?
Check out their website at www.hearingloss.org.





Circular sun halo #1

19 04 2008

Carmen and I were in the Lewis Ginter Conservatory when I got a cell phone call from Michael to go out and look at the “rainbow around the sun!” The meter went crazy trying to set up a decent exposure pointed at the sun, of course, but I was able to get this shot just outside the conservatory entrance with a 100 ISO, aperture shut down to 22, and set to a 60th second exposure. My research has revealed that high cirrostratus clouds form the halo and this same cloud is on the advancing edge of warm fronts with their associated heavy rain. They can often be forecasters of rain, but that is not always the case. Whatever they are, they are otherwordly and really neat to witness (and hard to photograph!).

http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/circular.h

Not all colored patches in the sky are rainbows…click below:

http://www.atoptics.co.uk/rainbows/notabow.ht

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