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Shadows and Light

Shadows and Light

176 pages
Published:   September 6, 2022
Non-Fiction  /  Body, Mind & Spirit
Hardcover:   9781773102740    $35.00

When the pandemic began in March 2020, Calgary emergency physician Heather Patterson was already feeling burnt out. Photography had always been a way of unwinding for her, and as the pandemic gathered speed, Patterson decided to begin chronicling it. Shadows and Light presents a selection of Patterson’s images, taking readers to the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and giving them an illuminating, behind-the-scenes view of the real impact of the virus and the heroic front-line workers who have been fighting it for over two years.

Patterson’s expert lens gives incredible insight into the life of healthcare workers — physicians, nurses, and hospital support staff — during the pandemic, and what patients experience when hospitalized with COVID. Yet, amid the isolation of lockdowns and a seemingly never-ending cycle of new restrictions associated with new variants, Patterson finds hope and a renewed sense of purpose in the resilience of the human spirit and the inspiring fortitude of Canada’s often invisible pandemic heroes.
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Heather Patterson is an emergency physician at Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. Her photographs of the pandemic have been featured in Macleans and the Calgary Herald and on CBC, CityNews, Global News, and CTV.