February 4, 2023

Florida Life

Artful Doctors

Space Shuttle Sky
“Space Shuttle Sky” - photograph
Taken an hour after a space shuttle launch, a series of nine panoramic photos were “stitched” together on a computer. “I happened to look up and see this contrail left over from the launch. This picture was one in a million. I was in the absolutely coolest spot. I knew how to do the stitching.”

Dr. Mark WidickDr. Mark Widick, 48
Otolaryngologist / photographer / Boca Raton

Med School: University of Florida

Equipment: Military reconnaissance camera with 110V power supply that was used during the Vietnam War. Widick bought it on eBay. “It lets me do things that nobody else can do.”

Astro Niche: Widick is a self-proclaimed “frustrated astronaut.” His shuttle launch photos in the show attest to that. His father was an engineer at NASA, so Widick grew up fascinated with the U.S. space program, and with photography. “When I was 11, I was taking pictures of the Apollo 15 launch.” He still has the photo. It’s square with the date printed on it; he took it with a little box camera.

 


 

On the Edge
“On the Edge” - acrylic on canvas
Adaptation of a 1960s photo. Social commentary depicting the social pecking order of the ’60s

Dr. Peter SalomonDr. Peter Salomon, 50
Gastroenterologist / painter
Boca Raton

Med School: New York University

Art Training: Self-taught

Biggest Influence: Andy Warhol. “He showed that anyone could paint; everything was art. His work gave me license to paint.”


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