I've been debating whether to post an image of my father after his aborted stent procedure in the recovery room. Of course I could ask him. That's the obvious thing to do. And knowing him, he'd probably say, sure. But there are other people involved such as sisters and cousins and aunts and his partner who might be upset.
They were, in fact all upset that I even had the audacity to take such a picture and walked out of the room when I did it in horror.
I think he actually looks quite pleased to be photographed surrounded by all the modern technology and still hooked up to it. It's quite a good portrait. Although he was game for the shot, saying at the time, something along the lines of: this is life too, why shouldn't it be photographed, the reality of seeing himself might be something else.
I guess, in some circumstances, I'm just a cold-blooded so-and-so. How would I feel to be photographed after an operation? Personally, compared to some of the self-portraits I've done, it might be an improvement.
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