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Life is Real update

John Clanton Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm •  Published: February 18, 2009

This Sunday, the next installment in our series about Jim Chastain’s life will be published in The Oklahoman. Recently, I went to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic with Jim and his wife, Leann. Some of my pictures will be from that trip when Jim got good news about his cancer. Here are a few more pictures.

Jim is escorted by an X-Ray technician, into a room for a chest x-ray during a visit to MD Anderson’s Cancer Clinic in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday Jan. 20, 2009. By John Clanton, The Oklahoman

One of the things I’ve been trying to do while photographing this series, is to take pictures not just of Jim and his family, but also keep an eye out for things that Jim would see while receiving treatment or going about his life. I hope that, if only in a small way, detail shots like these add to the reader’s understanding of how a place feels, or what the reader might see if they were in the same circumstances. A good example of that is on our Life is Real website. If you get a chance, watch the two videos about chemotherapy, they deal a lot more with what Jim sees and hears than with how I see him.

And if you have time, please check out some of the other videos on the Life is Real website.

-John Clanton


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