Arcadia therapy

Arcadia therapySteve Kotlowski helps his wife, Somkuan, exercise on Monday in Arcadia Lake. They visit the lake regularly for physical therapy as Somkuan recovers from a stroke.

Once again, a front page story needed illustration hours before going to press. I have a huge 8.5×11″ spiral planner for photo needs. It is sometimes forgotten and the frequency of such an occurrence is increasing. No big. I probably perpetuate the problem by always fixing it. Maybe if I dropped the ball, then it would roll into the other side of the court.

Today, I was told that the story I needed to illustrate was about summer heat. Uh oh. Remember what happened last time? If not, I wont remind you. This time it wasn’t about cars. Thank goodness. This time it was somewhat tied to going to the lake. Sweet!

I envisioned hopping on a boat with some stranger and getting shots of them driving the boat, swimming, laughing, tubing, fishing, drinking, etc.

I arrived at Arcadia Lake and drove over to the dock. A big boat full of teenagers was about to set off. Just what I had pictured. I changed my mind. Who likes teenagers anyway?

I ventured on and went through the beach area and pavilions until I finally found a man getting out of his truck in an area tucked away from all the other lakegoers. I stopped my car and as I got out, I noticed him assisting a woman in a wheelchair. The woman was his wife and he was taking her to exercise in the lake as he did 3-4 times a week.

It was very sweet to see the love he had for her. She had a hard time communicating and was not very mobile, but he understood her fine. He knew her far beyond her current condition. They both loved the water. Their two dogs did too. It was easy to see this was the highlight of their week.

It’s been the highlight of mine as well.

Here are a few others from my afternoon with the Kotlowskis.

3 Responses to Arcadia therapy

  1. It was your lucky day! True love and dedication for sure!!!

  2. Clay Lomneth says:

    Great image. Nice story too. Is it in your portfolio yet?

  3. zachgray says:

    Maybe in the portfolio in my head. I’ve abstained from making an online portfolio and I only update my regular portfolio right before I need it. Probably not the best workflow…

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Arcadia therapySteve Kotlowski helps his wife, Somkuan, exercise on Monday in Arcadia Lake. They visit the lake regularly for physical therapy as Somkuan recovers from a stroke.

Once again, a front page story needed illustration hours before going to press. I have a huge 8.5×11″ spiral planner for photo needs. It is sometimes forgotten and the frequency of such an occurrence is increasing. No big. I probably perpetuate the problem by always fixing it. Maybe if I dropped the ball, then it would roll into the other side of the court.

Today, I was told that the story I needed to illustrate was about summer heat. Uh oh. Remember what happened last time? If not, I wont remind you. This time it wasn’t about cars. Thank goodness. This time it was somewhat tied to going to the lake. Sweet!

I envisioned hopping on a boat with some stranger and getting shots of them driving the boat, swimming, laughing, tubing, fishing, drinking, etc.

I arrived at Arcadia Lake and drove over to the dock. A big boat full of teenagers was about to set off. Just what I had pictured. I changed my mind. Who likes teenagers anyway?

I ventured on and went through the beach area and pavilions until I finally found a man getting out of his truck in an area tucked away from all the other lakegoers. I stopped my car and as I got out, I noticed him assisting a woman in a wheelchair. The woman was his wife and he was taking her to exercise in the lake as he did 3-4 times a week.

It was very sweet to see the love he had for her. She had a hard time communicating and was not very mobile, but he understood her fine. He knew her far beyond her current condition. They both loved the water. Their two dogs did too. It was easy to see this was the highlight of their week.

It’s been the highlight of mine as well.

Here are a few others from my afternoon with the Kotlowskis.

3 Responses to Arcadia therapy

  1. It was your lucky day! True love and dedication for sure!!!

  2. Clay Lomneth says:

    Great image. Nice story too. Is it in your portfolio yet?

  3. zachgray says:

    Maybe in the portfolio in my head. I’ve abstained from making an online portfolio and I only update my regular portfolio right before I need it. Probably not the best workflow…

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