by Robert Levy, MD
Before I picked up a camera, I was what you might call an “empirical” person. My life as a physician revolved around pure science: lab reports, diagnostics, treatment protocols, and patient outcomes. Medicine was—as it should be for any doctor—truly my passion.
And then I picked up my first camera and began clicking away. I discovered something I’d denied myself during my career dealing with illness and disease in a constant fight against time: an appreciation of my own feelings, of my own subjective responses to the world around me, and of the value of time.
Time was no longer my enemy, but a friend. In the world of photography, capturing the right image is a function of moments of time, and discovering those moments is at the core of my photographic passion.
Life is fleeting, and so are its moments. The value of any moment, I’ve discovered, is the feeling that accompanies a moment. What is it about a moment that demands it be captured as an image? When the vision in the image of that moment moves you, when it arouses a feeling, when you are touched.
Finding those moments and those images is what my life is about. In search of them, I’ve set out on a journey that in the past many months has taken me to the remote jungles and savannahs of Rwanda, to the glistening cities of Europe, to the frozen landscapes of Iceland, to the mountains and waterways of Asia, and to the highways and landmarks throughout America.
In my travels, I’m constantly transported to different times and cultures. It’s an exciting journey that allows me to meet remarkable people and enjoy life-changing experiences along the way.
My search is for those compelling images that will stir your soul, that will let you feel the joy and awe I feel when I manage to “nail it” with the perfect picture captured at the perfect moment.
The journey is never-ending. Come with me and share the excitement!