Daily Archives: 1 October 2004


My wife, Mela, is almost totally deaf.  She wears a bone-conducting hearing aid on a band that fits on her head.  People tend to stare at this and she is quite self-conscious about it so she is not fond of being photographed.  This afternoon I was shooting some pics of my sons and friends playing in the pool and was standing next to Mela who was sitting on a low wall.  I lined up a shot, called to her and clicked the shutter as she looked up.  As this was unexpected she didn’t have time to adopt the defensive glare she so often does when she sees the camera pointing at her.  An added bonus is that her hearing aid band is not visible in the photo and we both think that this is one of the nicest photos anyone has ever taken of her.