Born in Cincinnati Ohio, I owned several salons over the many years. I then had several health issues hit me at similar times, and I had to close my shops.
I have always been involved with many types of art , from a young age my mom would teach me how to paint. I started taking photography and printing as a useful tool in diverting pain., as I went through years of physical therapy, I had been diagnosed with Parkinson's, epilepsy, a rare disease, Vigorous Achalasia, a very progressive and destructive of a disease (learn about this at Mayo or Cleveland Clinic), and, a numerous heart procedures and triple bypass! It help me to gain ability to be productive again, but also learning to re-learn, as a friend and mentor of an Aveda Distribution/Teaching Center taught me, to crawl, walk and run. I think I'll stroll for a for awhile
I have been awarded in the salon business, 2nd/State 5/6th Nationally in competitions, and I have taught other salons, invented, and tested products. I also have won awards in writing, art and photography; it is the experience of learning, being in the presence, what binds all as one, in this world of constant moving images and the interconnections, the intricacies that intrigues me. This is why I take all types of photography.
Since at first, I was not able to walk, excursus, do normal activities, I just wanted to live. My weight dropped to 140+ pounds, to help, my wife would drive me around and take photographs, it then progressed to her holding me steady, (a human tripod!) It then got to the point of being able to walk small distance. I went a year on a feeding tube to get healthy enough for the Achalasia operation, so I could eat after the open heart, it was a three year period waiting, , I found my self incapacitated again.
Yet photography, art keeps my mind occupied, and my body moving. With Achalasia, all or most of your nerve ending die in your GI track, esophagus, 1 in 200,000 get this disease, mine was at the 4th and last stage, and ready to collapse, the stomach opening was 2mm. It is one of the most painful diseases, and the surgery was as hard on your body as an open heart. Luckily we found the best doctor for it at Cleveland Clinic. I had to be tube fed for a year, to get healthy enough., to survive the surgurey. , then about a year latter the open-heart surgery which I found out that my artery was closed that whole time, I was growing new veins around the blockage, during theses times I also found out I had two more diseases, Myoclonic Epilepsy, and Parkinsosism.
Photography and Art, is a therapy for me, it keeps me going and focused on getting better,, so all of the photos have special meanings to me, some I added poetry too. The collection is a diary of my battles/intentions in getting better, and to refocus on beauty more than the constant pain I was in. And I then had grandchildren, oh my,, , my children and wife. Their encouraging me to want live again, and get better, which I am doing, you got to keep moving.. Yet, I need to learn to relax, it will be alright. I love art, so I am curious in how the public will perceive my creations also, time flew, it was 15-18yrs latter,,. I love showing a wide range of genres, and my mind loves traveling through other artist creations, , I get to see the world through their eyes. Thank you. Timothy N Cannon