by SSgt Sheila deVera

U.S. Air Force Maj. Thomas Ziolkowski and Maj. Noris Jackson perform surgery in southwest Asia, Aug. 17, 2012. The 379th surgical team provides surgical support for the entire area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


Taking photos inside a surgery room can be a very daunting task. As a photographer, you have to be very careful not to get in the way, and you are limited on where you can stand. Before heading to this photo shoot, I did a thumbnail sketch on how I should capture the image. However, the mental images went out the door when I saw a reflection of the surgery in Maj. Noris Jackson's medical safety glasses. Seeing the reflection, I decided to shift my focus on the reflection.