Monday, March 31, 2014

03.31.14 - It's a Marathon.


The relay for Rachael this year is going to be better than ever! Along with three relay teams I have two friends running the full marathon.  Please join us at the finish line on Sunday, April 27th around 10 AM to help celebrate their finish.  Relay teams, you better be ready, these guys are training hard and are aiming to beat the relay teams!  I am overwhelmed by your support and willingness to go out there, hit the road, train hard and help me raise money for my physical therapy costs.  Six days a week, four hours a day I work with my physical therapist George at home in my greenhouse turned rehab room in Carmel and all of this is paid for out of pocket.


So am I seeing progress you ask? Yes! Finally my progress has been documented by a "healthcare professional". On my recent visit to the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula Rehab I worked with my physical therapist there who I last worked with a year ago. She said my range of motion and strength have both improved dramatically and she has never seen progress like this. I was just waiting for the day when someone would finally document something that I knew was going to happen all along! This is just the beginning, and with the support of people like you I am able to accomplish my goal of getting on my feet again.

Thank you for inspiring me to keep on moving!  

If you would like to make a donation please visit www.relayforrachael.com and donate to your favorite team or runner. Or send a check to: 
Rachael Short SNT
PO Box 6445
Carmel, CA 93921

www.rachaelshortphotography.com www.galleryexposed.com www.rachaelsrecovery.com **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Thursday, October 31, 2013

10.31.13 - 3 Years Down



As I reflect on the last three years, I remind myself that it wasn't so long ago that I was lying in a hospital bed unable to move my head, not able to breathe on my own, not able to take a sip of water, and not able to speak a word.  These are the things I remember when I start to lose hope.  I forget that all of this hard-work is worth it and will pay off. As painfully slow as the progress may seem, the days and weeks fly by. I look in the mirror now and I am happy when I see more gray hair because I know this means time is going by. More time means I am closer to more movement and more strength. My body wants to heal itself, and will, if I allow it to. The process of healing takes time, patience, hard-work,and dedication. My life is my recovery, and as boring as it gets I know I'm doing what I need. I am getting used to my monotonous routine and the joke around here is "it's Friday night again!". Then you will find me standing in my glider, a standing frame elliptical, that my physical therapist, George, helps me push. Three years seems like a life time ago and the further I get from my old life the easier it is for me to learn to live again. Three years down...bring it on.



The constant battle outside of my physical therapy is finding good caregivers.  I need 24 hour care.  Dealing with scheduling becomes overwhelming and consumes my days.  I constantly worry if someone is going to show up. I have had seven caregivers this year come and go!  For the caregivers I have I am so very grateful. My family; my mom, my dad, and my auntie Erin have helped me since the accident.  There's Andy, who so graciously donates her time during the week and travels with me, Tammy, who I was lucky enough to find as the replacement as my main caregiver (4 months later we are finally in sync :). My cousin Jamie spoiled me rotten and was with me until June when she was too pregnant to move me anymore. In addition, Shae, who worked with me until April and I miss dearly and her "out-side of the box" way of thinking and Lauren, who just moved to the east coast. Now, who will paint my toenails?! Without a solid group of positive caregivers who keep me moving through my days I would be nothing. Thank you all for your hard-work and patience!



I did a little traveling this year, nothing compared to my sojourn to Cuba before the accident but it's a start.  I flew to Mexico for five nights and enjoyed swimming in the pool, soaking up the sun, and laughing with friends. This was an amazing first trip, but I am in no rush to get back on an airplane anytime soon! I also did a road-trip up north to Santa Rosa and a recent trip down to LA and Santa Barbara. It was good to take a little break and get out on the road again, but they wipe me out.  Trips take me at least a week to recover from.  Traveling means more sitting in my chair and less exercise, which makes me feel like poop. The opposite side is they also make me grateful for my quiet little home tucked under the trees in Carmel where I can focus on my rehab.




I would not have my rehab without people who care like you and donate to Relay for Rachael every year. Thank you! This year we raised $10,000 towards my physical therapy costs and had a ton of fun doing it!  Keep an eye out for next years teams at www.relayforrachael.com.

My show at EXPOSED in May was so much fun, thanks to everyone who came out and supported me and witnessed my step back into photography.  I did not take a single picture for a year and now with my increased strength in my arms I am able to take photos again with my iPhone and hopefully with other cameras soon.  Currently our hours at EXPOSED are by appointment only but please check in atwww.galleryexposed.com for current hours and upcoming events.



My 2014 fine art photography calendars arrived and they look great. You can buy them online at www.rachaelshort.com/buy, or come by the Big Sur Crafts fair Thanksgiving weekend Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st 10am-5pm at the Big Sur Grange Hall, I will also be selling them at EXPOSED in Carmel, www.galleryexposed.com.

This summer I taught my first iPhone photography workshops at Garland Park in Carmel Valley and I have two more coming up in March at Palo Corona Ranch  in Carmel. To sign up go to www.mprpd.org, the class is $25.  The dates are: Sunday March 2nd,  3:30-5:30pm and Sunday  March 30th, 5-7pm.

Check out my interview and photographs with rfoto about my new iPhone photography: http://rfotofolio.com/2013/05/23/racheal-short-fineart-photography/

Also listen to my story about getting back into photography on the podcast "Re-seen: Stories about inspiration":  http://re-seen.com/re-seen-episode-4-fred-machuca-jeffrey-rothstein-and-rachael-short/

Meet Shadow Bruno Mars.  Shadow joined our team in August when I adopted him at the SPCA at 5 months old.  We believe he is a black lab, German Shepherd mix and he is a big lover.  I am working on training him to be my photo assistant, so far we have accomplished sit and stay :)



www.rachaelshortphotography.com www.galleryexposed.com www.rachaelsrecovery.com **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Saturday, May 18, 2013

05.18.13 - Rachael Short, Photographer.

RACHAEL SHORT IS HAVING A SOLO PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW MAY 24th 2013!!!


This is one of Rachael's new images that will be on display at Gallery Exposed. Go see it and visit with the photographer at the opening this Friday evening from 5-8pm:



Rachael has been a friend and fellow photographer of mine since we were teenagers. In regards to her upcoming solo show, I just have to say on behalf of the entire photography community, "F@#K YES!"

This is such a f@#k*#g amazing milestone and accomplishment. Rachael has been an inspiration for me from our early years of high school photography, through our time at art schools, as a professional photographers, and as a subject in front of my lens. She continues to inspire us all once again with her new solo photography show. This show is a reminder to us all who she is: our friend Rachael Short the photographer. We all f@#k*#g love you Rach! 





www.rachaelshortphotography.com www.galleryexposed.com www.rachaelsrecovery.com 
**************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Sunday, April 7, 2013

04.05.13 - 3rd Annual Relay for Rachael

 


Over two years into this journey, Rachael has made huge strides towards recovery. Constant rehabilitation with her Physical Therapist still consumes the majority of her days, with her free time spent focusing on resuming her photography career. Rehab is the most important thing to Rachael and it requires an immense amount of resources. Supporting her in this endeavor is our goal and is what motivates all of us to put one foot in front of the other for her.

   

This year we have 15 runners, 3 relay teams running in the Big Sur Marathon! This is the 3rd annual Relay for Rachael and we are stronger than ever. The goal is to be the fastest team and raise the most money to help with the steep physical therapy costs. 6 days a week, 4 hours a day my therapist comes and gets me moving and this is possible because of people like you who donate to my recovery. The 3 teams are training hard and hit highway 1 on Sunday, April 28th to run their hardest for Rachael's recovery. Who will win this year? Team Pfeiffer Ridge? Team Townies? Team Apple Pie? May the best team win... 

Please go to http://www.relayforrachael.com/ to learn more about how you can support Rachael buy donating to your favorite relay team!

   

 www.rachaelshortphotography.com www.galleryexposed.com www.rachaelsrecovery.com **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

03.01.13 - Back in Business.

 

Rachael is back in business! A valentine's portrait shoot of a couple in the sun announced that Rachael is ready to take clients.


 

 

 Rachael will also be having her first solo photography show at Gallery Exposed in Carmel on May 24th. She will be showing a collection of new platinum prints that she printed with the Westons. Along with the platinum prints there will be a collection of past work and limited edition prints of other new imagery she has been creating lately.

   

www.rachaelshortphotography.com www.galleryexposed.com www.rachaelsrecovery.com **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Thursday, November 1, 2012

11.01.12 - All Saints Day

I stopped by Rachael's place yesterday on a dreary Halloween afternoon. The threat of an approaching storm loomed off the coast. The weather seemed to match the mood of our collective memory of hearing the news, 2 years ago, that our dear friend had been in a car accident. It was dark and cool and the fog dripped from the trees as I approached her door on her 'crash-aversary' as she calls it. I couldn't help but feel the atmosphere's weight evoke these memories. I don't think Rachael felt that way when she kept it light and popped some vampire teeth in for a Halloween photo opp.
Sure that afternoon felt heavy with memory, but with little DJ and Maggie bouncing off of everything in their costumes, that 2 year old memory was tough to focus on. The kiddos reminded all of us there of the joy of a life we get to live.
The weather became a fun, spooky Halloween accessory to our afternoon while the kids played all around us as Rachael trained with her new Physical Therapist.
Meet George! He is the newest addition to the team and Rachael is stoked to have him. Rachael says," Switching to George has been great! I feel like he is very knowledgable and our workouts are much more dynamic".
The memory was on all of our minds, but as I watched Rachael workout with George it was obvious that she is focusing on her future rather than dwelling on the past. I remembered a great quote from the Predator, "I ain't got time to bleed." While Rachael remembers how she came to where she is today, she is more focused on where she can go tomorrow, and is working hard to get there.
"My heart is heavy but my hopes are still high, I am not a quitter... 2 years down... 2 years. Went by pretty fast. But then again it seems like so long ago that I was running around... Slow progress. But Progress.” -Rachael Short.
www.rachaelshortphotography.com www.galleryexposed.com www.rachaelsrecovery.com **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Sunday, July 22, 2012

07.06.22- Printing Platinum

Guess who is printing her photography again?!?! Another first in her recovery process.
Last week Rachael cruised down to Kim and Gina Weston's place in the Carmel Highlands to make some platinum prints from some of her recent photo captures.
The platinum process is pretty amazing. Unlike the silver print process that black and white photographers typically use, platinum lies directly on the paper surface, while silver lies in a gelatin or albumen emulsion that coats the paper. Kim Weston coats each piece of paper with a hand made chemistry before laying the large negative over the platinum coated paper. After exposing the paper to UV rays for a few minutes the images are developed and then washed. And magic (aka science) we have an amazing one of a kind print.
With Rachael's full time job of physical therapy, it is difficult to find time to make her art. She may have taken a break from printing her imagery but Rachael has never stopped being a photographer. She has been learning new and innovative ways to capture life through her eyes and now with the help of the Weston's she is excited to share the finished products with her community soon. Rachael continues to aspire by pursuing her art and finding ways to share it with others.
Huge thanks to the Weston's for taking the time to guide Rachael through this process.
The 6x6 Platinum Prints will be shown at gallery EXPOSED this fall. There are 7 new platinum prints. Limited Editions of 3. ***Platinum prints are the most durable of all photographic processes. The platinum group metals are very stable against chemical reactions that might degrade the print—even more stable than gold.