Mixing medicine and art
A GP and professional photographer
- By: Polly Stoker
When I worked as a doctor in places like Abu Dhabi and Nepal I would notice patients sitting in the waiting room with a hawk on their arm or a sable on their belt, and I said, “I have to take your picture.” I have always taken photos of my adventures so I decided that I would try and see how good I was at being a photographer. My photography career grew with me throughout my medical career except I needed to work harder on the photography to establish myself.
At the beginning as a photographer I was careful not to announce that I was a doctor because other photographers would think, “Oh these doctors, they have money to buy expensive cameras and just take pictures.” I had to establish myself with them. Now they love the idea that I am a doctor. It is difficult to mature as an