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James Thompson | #MFBArt14


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Walkway in the Rain

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I worked as a wedding portrait photographer from 1993 until 2010, which is when I retired from commercial photography and began creating photographs just for my own viewing pleasure. That’s also when I found my previous love of the black-and-white image resurfaced. I have specialized in it ever since. My work is done with a large-format film camera. The images are produced in a conventional darkroom, which gives me traditional archival prints as an end result.

My health problems were triggered by a fall down my basement steps on May 4, 2012. Doctors tell me I landed on my head with sufficient force to crush some vertebra in my back and do some pretty serious damage to my brain.

After spending a week in Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, I was transferred to Mary Free Bed. Within two weeks I was able to continue the rehabilitation as an outpatient at Bronson. I still have pain in my back, limited mobility and can only be on my feet for short periods of time.  Usually, 30-45 minutes is the maximum. My brain has recovered to the point that I can reason well, but still have problems with short-term memory and balance.

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