Month: April 2009

Mahadhir, Nawfal, Stacy, Ekin & Mawi

Something a little different…I took photographs at the Mawi, Stacy, Mila, Ahli Fiqir & Mahadhir Concert last night.

Here’s a photo after the concert in the Artist’s waiting room.

I took nearly 325 photographs at the concert: It was great to get back into the Stage Photography after not doing it for awhile. A huge challenge of low-light and quick action – but a fantastic challenge and an honor to have photographed some of the best artists in Malaysia!

I’ll add some other concert photos as I edit…and re-edit.

(From Left: Mahadhir, Me, Stacy, Ekin & Mawi).

VERY AWESOME TIME!!!

Sobering Iritis Realizations

Coffee Splash. Stop Action. White & Coffee.

I’m 15-Days into Iritis. Anyone who has experienced even one episode of Iritis will know how HORRIBLE IT IS!!! Triple Exclamation Points.

It got me thinking about how it would be, to be, “The Blurry Photographer.” And, I came to the conclusion: “That would suck!”

Well, I took this photograph today because I am so super bored, because I’m still dilated in the right eye, super blurry in vision, and on a 3-day headache. However, I just wanted to show myself that I can still photograph when blurry. Yes, it was possible.

Was it very fun? No, not very fun.

Part of the thrill, part of the fun of Photography is being able to see the results in all their CLEAR GLORY!

Having Iritis allows a photographer to see all their results in a hazy blur.

I guess I came to a sobering realization today that A BIG part of the thrill of accomplishment in photography is seeing and enjoying the results…CLEARLY!

There are a lot of things that become more clear to me as my eyesight is threatened by Iritis.

And that reminds me…I have outworn my welcome here at the computer and need to go rest my eyeball.

Thanks for your visit.

Tarian Tempurung, Malay Folk, v.2

Dance Style: Malay Folk.
Dance Name: Tarian Tempurung.
Original Shot taken with a NIKON F5, Tokina 80-200mm ATX-Pro f/2.8, using KONICA Centuria 800ASA Film.
Lighting: Only Stage Lighting.
Dance Group/Client: The Temple of Fine Arts – Penang.

DAY-3-IRITIS, EDIT B

Day-3 Iritis, Edit B, btl

This is what Iritis looks like.

This shot was taken on Day-3: Right now, I’m on Day-7, and it’s getting worse I think.

I’m putting this up here because I get a lot of people coming to my photography journal [ right here… ] who are seeking information about Iritis and it helps to see a good photo of what Iritis looks like, and this is it!

IRITIS SYMPTOMS

If your eyeball is having any of these symptoms, or if you have any of these conditions, then take it serious…"Listen" to what your eyeball is telling you (so to speak):
1) Eyeball is Feeling Painful.
2) Eyeball Feels Heavy/Sluggish.
3) If you have Ankylosing Spondylitis (like I have), or another Auto-Immune Disease.
4) If your eye is turning red (like this in the photo).
5) If your eye is VERY SENSITIVE to light.
6) If your eyesight is getting blurry or cloudy.
7) If your eye is feeling scratchy (like a sandpaper type of feeling).
8) If the affected eyeball’s pupil appears smaller than the other eyeball’s pupil.
And,
9) If the affected eyeball is sensitive (painful) to the touch (close eyelid and gently touch around the eye).

IF YOU HAVE ANY or all of these symptoms – YOU BETTER GET YOURSELF TO THE OPHTHALMOLOGIST ASAP!!!

If Iritis is left untreated, it can possibly cause Glaucoma or Blindness.

The Following is the Treatment for Iritis as I Usually Get Treatment (and this will probably vary depending on doctor and severity of Iritis):

Beginning Treatment:
1) Prednisolone Drops (4 times daily) [PRED FORTE – Prednisolone acetate 1% ]
2) Infectoflam (applied at nighttime) [NOVARTISA – FLUOROMETHOLONE 0.1% & Gentamiin 0.3% and other active ingredients ]

IF the pain continues and the Iris gets stuck (the dark pupil stays small even in dark conditions), go back to your doctor for more aggressive measures.

For me, the next step FOR TREATMENT will probably be…

1) Steroid Pills. These can and usually cause Gastritis (the rolling around on the ground in pain type of Gastritis). You may have to take something to protect your stomach when taking Steroid Pills.

2) The scariest treatment I’ve had FOR IRITIS, is a SHOT of Steroids directly into the eyeball. This is usually the quickest way that I know to start the curing process for Iritis, but it is also the most severe measure as well (that I am aware of).

Note of Caution – This is only an informational write-up on Iritis, IF you even suspect Iritis as a cause of your eyeball pain – GET TO THE DOCTOR TO SEEK OUT THE CAUSE AND GET A TREATMENT BASED ON YOUR SEVERITY OF IRITIS!

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU HAVE IRITIS:

1) GO to your doctor right away! Don’t wait if you suspect Iritis!
2) Take your meds on time.
3) MUCH REST!!! Don’t use the computer (like I’m doing right now, but this is important to me also, to share info…I’ll rest soon).
4) Follow up with your doctor IF the eyeball continues to cause you pain. You may need another plan of treatment.

Hope this helps anyone who suspects Iritis as causing your eyeball pain:  I have two other entries on Iritis here at Behind the Lens – if you do a search in my blog, you should find them.   For me, this is a recurring condition, WHICH I DO NOT ENJOY!

Good Luck!

Bunabumali Organization Education Project

Hi All!

I’m meandering off the usual photography blog entry today to tell you about the Bunabumali Organization, in Uganda. This organization runs an orphanage and school, out in the outskirts, in a small village in Uganda. This organization is run by one of my Facebook friends, Emmanuel Norman Nakhokho.

According to the resource, The World Factbook, here are some statistics about literacy in Uganda, just to give a basic understanding of the education level for children age 15 and over:

  • Literacy:
    * Age 15 and over that can read and write:
    total population: 66.8%
    male: 76.8%
    female: 57.7% (2002 census)
    * School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
    total: 10 years
    male: 11 years
    female: 10 years (2004)
    * Education expenditures:
    Comparison to the rest of the world
    5.2% of GDP (2004)

Although this information may be a little dated (2002 and 2004 data), it is still a pretty decent indicator of what’s going on in the country. What these numbers say is that as a country, just over half of the population above age 15 can read and write. The percentage of females who can read and write is staggeringly low, at 57.7%.

I think what the Bunabumali Organization intends to do is to change these real life statistics by raising the literacy rates for children in their area. And that in turn, raises self confidence, independence and self worth. It is a beautiful thing to help a child, any child, to see their potential in the present and in the future.

Every effort starts in small steps, and this is a good way of doing it, in Bunabumali. And, they are making progress, not only with the school, but also in their community by supplying fresh water with a water purifying device.

The contact information for the organization is:

Emmanuel Norman Nakhokho
Project Manager
Good Samaritan Orphan & Needy School
Bunabumali, Buwali, Bubiita, Manjiya
P O Box 36021 Kampala
Uganda
Tel: +256711465135 or +256753465135

Emmanuel has been actively involved in this organization for quite some time, and if you have questions about the activities of Bunabumali Organization, what they need, how to help, what to donate, or spread the word, then you can go to their website at:

http://www.bunabumali.org/

At the moment, they are needing a lot of supplies, including:

Pens
Pencils
Tooth paste
Tooth brush
Colored pencils
Crayons
White-wash
Pairs of Scissors
Books for reading
Classroom dusters
Children play toys
Soft pins
Needles
Office glue
Bandages
Office markers
Uniforms
Shoes
Stockings
Phone toys
Shoe brushes
Staple wires
Text books having pictures for children
Office and classroom wall clocks
Anti bacterial chemicals for cleaning the toilets and urinals
Toilets/pit latrines papers
Power installation cables
Medical care /first aid box
Cleaning materials like disinfectants
Food containers
Games and sports items;
Running shoes (athletics)
Sports wear
Pain relievers like deep-heat,
Black board rulers
Mathematical sets
Toy watches for children (plastic)
Globes
School bags for children
Food containers
Picture books
Flash disks
Personal care kits
Lamps/solar lamps
Energy saver bulbs
Solar lamps & bulbs

Some Photos from the Village: (photos used with permission from Bunabumali Org.)

Bunabumali kids, 1

Bunabumali 2
Bunabumali 3

Bunabumali School

OK, I’ll end the photos with this one, the schoolhouse. Now, think back to your primary, junior high and senior high school days, and the building that was your school. Compare that image in your mind, to this image of the school in Bunabumali. 1st) At this point, fill your heart with gratitude for your life and the school building that you had. 2nd) Start thinking about how you may help the kids in Bunabumali. Or for that fact, just fill in the blank, “How can you help the kids in ?” Maybe you have another village somewhere else that you want to help. That is OK too. Taking some action is what is important.

If you have any “school connections” – perhaps your school would like to run a donation drive. Even if each child and each teacher were to donate a few pencils, erasers, paper pads, drawing blocks, bandages, vitamins, etc, that would add up to a lot of supplies to be donated.

If the school is unable to pay for transport of the supplies, then maybe you can approach DHL, FED-EX, or UPS, and convince them that transporting these supplies for free would be good use of their SOCIAL RESPONSIBLITY and ECONOMIC RESPONSIBILITY Programs, for which they should have a budget. Just an idea!

My main concern is that children from ANYWHERE, need to have HOPE for a BRIGHTER FUTURE – and you can help the kids down the block, or halfway around the world. Children need confidence and security and a sense of being a part of something bigger than themselves. Love and Security are very vital parts of a child’s life, so please think about how you can help!

Now, it wasn’t so long ago (OK, 19 years ago) that I was a graduate student in the Community & Regional Planning Department at UNL, and part of my focus was Planning for People of Special Populations.

So, I asked myself, “How can I help by using that knowledge?” Well, I can give some suggestions and ideas based on what I learned before:

1) The Bunabumali area is tropical, hot and humid. There are some natural resources at hand, and there is potential. I believe the main export of the country is coffee. The people can be trained, learn new skills and cottage industries in their area are possible. The country is land-locked, but that’s not to say that some aquatic farming is not possible.

2) I’m not thoroughly aware of funding for special projects; however, I can throw out some ideas for ANYONE to ponder who may be more attune to special grants from the UN, or World Bank, or for that matter, from private foundations. Of course, all of these suggestions would need A LOT OF RESEARCH to see if they are viable. Nevertheless, I’m just brain storming here with the following ideas:

  • Shrimp & Fish Farming in man-made ponds. Product can be possibly sold locally, or exported. Other products are possible from the production of shrimp and fish, as seen here in Malaysia, with what is called Fish and Shrimp Chips (basically deep fried chips, and this product is also possible with the use of vegetables). These can be produced, packaged and sold.
  • Hydroponic Farming of vegetables.
  • Mushroom Farming.
  • Ground nuts.
  • Soy Beans.
  • Star Fruit.
  • Bananas.
  • Chilies.

There are any number of ideas that can be cooked up, and probably a lot more from someone more familiar with the region, environment, ecosystem, and culture.

Well, as I said, I’m just throwing out some ideas. I hope that anyone out there in the blogosphere can pick up on something I said and go further with it.

Take care, and I’ll be back soon with Photography content!

Have a great day.

** Just a note: I’m not associated with this organization: I just think that sharing some information with my readers is something that I can do to help. And, helping children is always a good cause! **