by Anonymous


I chose to take a photograph as it is one of my newly found passions. It may look easy to do, but this is actually my ninth take of the same object to get the result that I wanted. Personally I think this picture reflects various elements of WPC. Firstly, notice the focus is on the leaves in the middle and how the background and the grass at the front are relatively blurry. To me, this reflects the iceberg model - how the leaves being the tip of the iceberg and the other more blurry elements being the rest of the iceberg. This paints a picture of patients who may just present with the obvious things to health professionals, but underneath it is a complex labyrinth of much more obscure agenda that may or may not be important.

I chose to take a classic picture using a brown and green filter to bring out another theme of Whole Person Care, yin-yang - two polar opposites, green representing the young and fresh and brown representing the old(er), wise and knowledgeable. The aim is to hopefully blend these two elements together in one picture such panache and flair to create a masterful artwork. In practical terms, yin-yang is practiced in nearly all life-situations; sleep/awake, activity/rest, listening/talking: work/play etc. This balance is an important element in deciding various aspects of patient care, for example whether or not any particular treatment will severely impact on a patient's lifestyle causing more harm than benefit. It is something all health professionals should think about.

The mixture of green and brown to produce an artwork is also a manifestation of the management concept "Tango". In many ways than one, the green and brown have to "work together" to produce a workable partnership. Same goes with doctor-patient partnership, doctors and patients must respond to each other's cues. Only then the relationship will work for everyone's benefit. Looking at it from a more doctoring perspective, forcing issues or treatments on patients may just produce a resistance on the patient's part, either consciously or subconsciously.

This picture was also taken to specifically depict the concept of fox and hounds. This picture is about noticing something strange, not quite normal and what shouldn't be there. In the immediate surrounding of the picture that is within my control, I deliberately put an object which did not belong in the theme of natural environment. (Notice the injection water bottle filled with white liquid on the right upper quadrant of the picture.)

Taking this photograph itself has a theme on its own. On one side, there is this sophisticated, logical and scientific object that is the camera whilst on the other side, a produce of abstract, intuitive and emotive photograph that is open to various interpretations. This reflects the Brain-Model of management. As the Brain-Model suggests that the best doctors are those in whom both hemispheres are active.

Whole Person Care



R Moxon

07 March 2011 - 22:10:18
"Lovely macro with the leaves in the foreground, particularly like the introduction of an "alien" object into the natural landscape!"


19 March 2012 - 11:25:01
"This photo specifically caught my for its initial lack of subject and mystery. There are many messages that can be drawn from the photo - firstly the contrast of life and death. The dead leaves are scattered across the living grass which could symbolise the scattering of chronically ill people at a society level or by looking at a different part of the system it could represent the diseased parts of the human body. The broad concave shape of the leaves covers many blades of grass and could symbolise the broad wide spread effect a single ill person can cause on friends, family, work collegues and many others. The use of colour is also very clever - the merging greys, oranges, greens ensure nothing stands out. Doctors often work extremely hard to successfully integrate people back into society after illness or a disablement to ensure they don't stand out or are stigmatised in anyway."

S Gardner

19 December 2012 - 18:30:23
"I think itís really fascinating how such a seemingly ordinary subject for a photograph: leaves lying on the ground, can allow an individual to draw such profound conclusions about medical care from it, demonstrating that each individual can see a situation in a completely different light, something which is important to remember in the medical profession. The use of the filter is particularly effective in supporting the yin yang point. The fact that the individual has explored the Whole Person Care themes through a medium in which they have a particular interest in something to be commended. This illustrates the importance of encouraging medical students to explore their own areas of interest during their medical education, which can only work to improve mental wellbeing, thus playing a part in self care, making them better doctors in the future."