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Reflections from Behind the Lens at the National Research Cardiac Surgery Center

Hey everyone,

I recently had the incredible opportunity to photograph at the National Cardiothoracic Center in Astana. Not only did I capture portraits of the amazing cardiologists and doctors, but I also got to witness and document six open-heart surgeries. Some were on children, others on adults, and let me tell you, it was an intense experience.

Watching these skilled professionals work with such precision and dedication was awe-inspiring. But it also threw me into a personal crisis. Seeing them save lives every day made me question the value of my own work. I mean, here I am, just pressing a button on a camera while they are literally holding lives in their hands.

It was a tough time for me, trying to find meaning in what I do. I had to dig deep and reassess my role as a photographer. How could my work possibly compare to the life-saving actions of these doctors?

But then, I realized something important. My photography has its own value. By capturing these moments and telling these stories, I can share the incredible work of these heroes with the world. My photos can bring awareness, inspire others, and preserve these powerful moments in time.

So, here’s to finding purpose in what we do, no matter how small it may seem in comparison. Thank you for being part of this journey with me.

Astana, Kazakhstan



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