Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My friends, my colleagues - Jeffrey Chock

I save your life - You pay me royally

Garry Chan inspecting the work of Jeffrey Chock's black and white photographs in aid of the photographer at Softbox, Trinidad. The prints he says are negatives that are quite old and of places that may no longer exists. The exhibitions runs until the 28th September, 2008

Photographers and artists have come to the aid of Jeffrey Chock who experienced complications of kidney and heart failure in Toronto, Canada.

Abigail Hadeed's subdued portrait of the traditional mas character representing the mythology dragon which is a fire breathing reptilian body with wings. The carnival protraits were taken during her session at Adam Smith's Square in Port of Spain, Trinidad and it embodies her role as to archiving these characters like her her colleague, Jeffrey Chock who had done in the past. The prints are signed and stamped by the photographer.

One of the pieces for sale in aid of Jeffrey Chock at Y gallery, Port of Spain

The thirteen photographers including Stephen Dalla Costa, Bertrand de Peaza, Alex Smailes, David Wears, Ian Chan, Gary Chan, Noel Norton, Abigail Hadeed, Mark Lyndersay, Stephen Broadbridge, Frederic Dubray, Wyatt Gallery and Jeffrey Chock have donated their work in his aid. The fund raiser is part of two exhibitions, where visual artists are going to be at the Y gallery, Port of Spain this coming Satuday. The proceeds are for Mr. Chock's medical bill which is the excess of $ 50,000 US dollars.
For donations to his health fund please contact Georgia Popplewell for further inquires.

A bank account has been opened for Jeffrey. Deposits can be made at any Trinidad and Tobago branch of Scotiabank. Cheques should be made out to "M. Mahabir". The account number is #4004891.


Hippocratic Oath Modern Version

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.


Amul Raj said...

Jeffrey Chock is one of Trinidad and Tobago's leading contemporary photographers. He is particularly well known for his work documenting Trinidad Carnival, theatre, and dance over the past three decades. Jeffrey's images are a crucial part of the Caribbean's cultural history, and his personal and professional knowledge of Trinidad's Carnival and performing arts is immense and irreplaceable.
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