Posts with tag: "portrait photography"
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
By Hayes Photography
Pin It

I've known Marie for several years through my work as a substitute teacher and most recently as a teaching assistant at Webster Thomas.  I was excited about the prospect of getting to know her better when she contacted me about participating in the project.  We sat down to talk about her life, her teaching career and her family. I came to the conclusion that Marie has had a good, but rough life.  So much of what she shared with me had to do with loss, but through it all, I got a clear sense that she is a very strong woman.  The difficult times has taught her that life is what you make it and you might as well make it the best that you can because you just don't know what's around the corner.  There are no guarantees.  I wanted her portrait to show her in that light, not a glamorous one, but a real "this is me" portrait of inner strength and fortitude. We met at a park while walking her dog.  The light was great and I think we got it right!

In her words:

Everything you do is based on the choices you make.  It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame.  

You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period.

                                                                                                                                    Quote by Brenda Slavin

 

Marie Prizzi

Math Teacher

Webster Thomas High School

 

 

 
Thursday, October 18, 2018
By Hayes Photography
Pin It

A mutual friend, who works in the Webster Central School District, suggested I contact Steve when the invitation for participation in my photography project became known.  I'm so glad I did.  Even though I had seen him working in the various buildings throughout the years I've worked in Webster, I only had quick conversations with him and didn't really know him.  We scheduled time for coffee at a local business.  We talked, I listened and he shared with me some truly heartbreaking stories.  As difficult as it has been to hear the stories of several of the participants, I am so grateful to be there to hear them and if it offers any kind of comfort, I'm glad to do it because knowing them has enriched my life immensely.  The story we focused on for Steve has been that of a cancer survivor.  I can't even begin to understand all that he went through, but I knew that the image I wanted to create had to show the strength and will that it took to survive the harsh treatments and suffering.  With the permission of Dr. Hong Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. of the University of Rochester's Oncology Dept. at Highland Hospital, we were able to photograph Steve, Dr. Zhang and chief therapist, Keisha Bromwell, in the radiation treatment room. Steve's story, although he may not agree, is truly an inspirational one. 

In his words:

“Do you have any concerns?” asked my dental hygienist.  “Yes, I’ve had a tender spot in the bottom of my mouth for the last four or five days,” I shared.  That conversation occurred during a routine dental visit in September 2015. That tender spot turned out to be Stage 4A, HPV Virus Cancer in my right tonsil and two lymph nodes.  It would lead to 13 months of hell.

Six weeks into treatment, I had given up, with only seven treatments to go.  My incredible radiation oncologist Dr. Hong Zhang told me, “If you give up now, there is only one outcome --you will die.”  I replied, “I don’t care.” She wouldn’t let me out of the office that day until I agreed to continue treatment.

Three extended hospital stays and more procedures than I care to remember, and I’m here today.  I’m healthy with many lasting side effects of the brutal treatment that saved my life. I have so many people to thank.  My doctors weren’t sure at times if I would make it. I told them, “Only the good die young. I’m here till 160.” Here’s to the next 100 years!

 

Steve Ange

Plumber

Buildings and Grounds

To find out more about this diverse photography project Click Here and read other participant's stories prior to this one.  Thanks for visiting and leave a comment!!!