Monday, 28 October 2013


When you take a photograph you have to allow enough light to hit the film or sensor in the camera to form a correctly exposed image. However, photos can be underexposed, which means not enough light has been collected, resulting in photos that fail to show any details; or they can be overexposed, too much light has swamped the film or sensor and bleached out the details. It is like when you quickly glance at something and only take in the outline and miss the details or you stare at one thing for ages and fail to notice anything else.

When thinking about Parkinson’s (and any disease or disability) you need to take a correctly exposed photograph of it. By ignoring it you aren’t taking in enough light to understand it and deal with it. On the other hand, by focusing on it to the exclusion of everything else you are collecting too much light and overexposing its effect. It’s a difficult balance but as with taking photos finding the right exposure (experiment with emotionally unfolding yourself and risk pushing your boundaries outside of the disease) will allow you to deal with Parkinson's in a more even way.

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