Big Win

In August this year, I had surgery for a knee injury sustained the month before. I’m documenting my process of recovery, and learning to walk again. See all posts in this series.

My last post was titled “small wins,” but each item on that list, unremarkable as it was, was much larger than that. Because each brought me one step closer to my normal mobility, and getting my life back again. That’s always going to be a big win.

Here’s another big win: Over the weekend, I went out to take pictures for the first time since my injury. I’ve been shooting my homebound process of recovery, but it’s not quite the same as going out in the world to look at things.

I’m still slow, a little unsteady, and walk with my knee braced in robot contraption of straps and support rods and such. I move slowly, stop often and have short range, because walking is still a bit of a challenge, but I’m moving.

It’s been three months since I’ve been able to use a camera on my feet. I have no words for how bloody good these couple of hours felt.

All photos were taken with the X-Pro3 and 56mm F1.2. It’s been a very long time since I’ve taken the 56mm out for a spin. I forget how beautiful a lens it is, how dreamily it renders a picture, with that focal length compression and depth of field, especially wide open.