When I was a boy I dreamed of being an ophthalmologist. In elementary school we were assigned a project to interview someone from the profession we aspired to; I called to interview my ophthalmologist. The jerk never called me back. Even with this setback I kept my sights on ophthalmology. My parents who always went out of their way and pocketbooks to feed my curiosity bought me several medical books; I lingered over the parts describing the human eye. I memorized every structure. I became fascinated by vision at a microscopic level after reading about the structure of the retina. I learned about our rod cells, so sensitive that they can detect a single photon of light. Without rods we’d be be pretty useless after dusk. I was most intrigued by our cone cells; they’re concentrated at our fovea and come in three types; the RGB color model roughly approximates these three cone cell types. Cones allow us to see around 10 million different shades of color and they fill out the fine details of our lives. Without cones life would be very dull indeed.

Yes, I had it all figured out. My course was set and a life of ophthalmology was the only way for me…that is, until years later I actually walked into a hospital. It was then that I discovered that while the human eye is a structure of unmatched intrigue, children are my real raison d’être. And now after a some 17 happy years as a pediatrician I look back on those boyhood days with fondness but not regret. Vision of the past is, after all, crystal clear; vision of the future–that’s where things get wonderfully fuzzy.


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  1. Posted November 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm by Marcie | Permalink

    It’s nice to look back on our dreams..and to find that altho we expected one thing..we are perfectly happy with something else. And – what a gorgeous image. Love the composition..the simple color and wonderful light.

  2. Posted November 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm by joshi daniel | Permalink

    feel like seeing what’s happening behind those windows 😉

  3. Posted November 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm by fabrizio | Permalink

    a great interest in a very specific details, but really interesting, i like how you choose to present this image and range of colors that are involved in harmonizing the photo, compliments Chris

  4. Posted November 28, 2011 at 12:39 am by k@ | Permalink

    You turned ophalmo with your lens now, a great way to enjoy the eye too 😉 and i just love how subtle are the tones here, light & colors are beautiful in your compo and so delicate the pink & green touches as if lighted from inside.

  5. Posted November 28, 2011 at 3:59 am by Doug Hickok | Permalink

    I love the way you “see” the world Chris. Your enthusiasm for life is infectious and uplifting. Your photograph is beautiful… and wonderfully complex and detailed, like the human eye I suppose. Goodness, where would we photographers be with out the use of such an important organ! I shutter to think of what it would be like not to have eyes to see.

  6. Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:41 am by Rue Du Lavoir | Permalink

    A nice idea to study the human eye when you’re child.
    A rich idea of ​​working at the hospital to achieve your dreams.
    A great idea to present your photographic passion to express your parfcours staff.
    La boucle est boulée…

  7. Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:54 am by yz | Permalink

    fantastic framing and composition, perfect proportions

  8. Posted November 28, 2011 at 6:20 am by Rob | Permalink

    A study of our eye is also a study in light and color. How we see relates to our photographic hobby. Also, as I get older, my vision gets fuzzy in more ways than one.

  9. Posted November 28, 2011 at 6:21 am by faisal | Permalink

    blue and white. can never go wrong with that! nice one.

  10. Posted November 28, 2011 at 8:29 am by Corinna | Permalink

    This is all – story, photo, history, present – so beautifully round.

  11. Posted November 28, 2011 at 9:35 am by george | Permalink

    I wondered how you had moved into medicine. It really must be a bitter/sweet with the failure/success that the vocation offers. But a nice story and my cone cell types tell me that you’ve framed your picture beautifully…

  12. Posted November 28, 2011 at 10:39 am by Aurore | Permalink

    You have a great eye…. through your lens now 😉 Love the colors here, makes me feel in summer and love that !

  13. Posted November 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm by Will | Permalink

    I like how this photo ties in somehow with your story (in my mind anyway). How when you were a boy you aspired to be one thing, but became something quite different. The section of the house in the photo is the same, over the years the paint has peeled a bit, it’s maybe not quite what it set out to be, but it’s some great nonetheless.

  14. Posted November 28, 2011 at 10:35 pm by rem_la | Permalink

    joli contratraste des couleurs avec ce vert qui ressort !

  15. Posted November 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm by Anny | Permalink

    The study of the eyes and light never did go to waste. You have used it quite well in photography :) Love this image Chris. It is very peaceful… but i am very curious to see what’s behind the curtains :p

  16. Posted November 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm by Francis | Permalink

    Nice picture and composition.

  17. Posted November 29, 2011 at 3:22 am by Victoria/Sweden | Permalink

    Very nice picture!

  18. Posted November 29, 2011 at 7:40 am by Phil Vaughn | Permalink

    Your inner vision is as critical as your sight. It has led you in a good path for your life. I hope it will always provide you with the same kind of clarity and order that your photo has captured. Inspiring thoughts, Chris. Thanks.

  19. Posted November 29, 2011 at 8:50 am by Klaus | Permalink

    Christopher, yes i think so , colors a wonderfull gift of the creator. Thanks for the backgrounds, but i think you also a very good pediatrician!!

  20. Posted November 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm by Frida | Permalink

    You use your vision (eye) in this manner instead. And you’re good at it :-)
    Being a pediatrician is a excellent work. I worked on a Prenatal intensive care unit for many years and I think it maybe have been the best place I’ve been working at.

  21. Posted November 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm by Suzanne | Permalink

    Wonderful composition. A superb image.

  22. Posted November 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm by Stéfan | Permalink

    I have a long list of professions that I entertained as a kid. Well, I still do… In fact, I’m not sure what I will be in the next phase of my life and that’s what makes it all so fun.

  23. Posted November 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm by John Maslowski | Permalink

    Definitely a great eye for color and composition. Beautiful image!

  24. Posted November 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm by Kala | Permalink

    Lovely colors and composition.

    [I still haven’t figured out what I want to do for a profession!]

  25. Posted December 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm by CrashRyan | Permalink

    i think the colors captured in each window makes the shot … good eye!

  26. Posted December 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm by sherri | Permalink

    intriguing to read how you followed your dreams & goals. perfect colorful image to accompany your thoughts.

  27. Posted December 2, 2011 at 9:27 am by Theys Roland | Permalink

    Very nice photo!

  28. Posted December 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm by Kim | Permalink

    Love the texture nice rich deep blue nice :)

  29. Posted December 4, 2011 at 7:51 am by Mike Blanchard | Permalink

    Nothing fuzzy here though. Love the fuzzy geometry.

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