I am completely fascinated with photographing the hands of the surgeon and the surgical team. To me they look like an elegant sculpture. I was very humbled and honored to have one of my images posted in the New York Times – both electronically and in the actual newspaper (below). For fun, I inserted the color image so you can see the difference. This photo was taken in Paris, France during an open heart procedure – you can see the surgeon is reaching for an instrument, the other hand covering the heart. These are very intense cases and the surgeons and their teams are quite brilliant to watch. I value and always appreciate the opportunity to capture these incredible moments.
The delicate handling of instruments during a neurosurgical procedure (brain surgery). Quick note, when I photograph during surgery I only use the natural light found in the operating room. The surgeon in this procedure was Dr. John R Adler, Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery.