jumping jack


I posted a similar shot to this a few weeks ago - taken on a stage at a Chicago university. I am particularly happy with this shot though, not just because it is a multiple exposure photo, but because of the takeoff and landing on my right foot. Three summers ago I slipped down a ravine and shattered most of the bones in my right ankle; in fact afterwards my foot was pointing entirely the wrong way! I told the orthopedic surgeon that I was hoping he could fix the ankle like new, but he looked very solemn and said,

“Fixing an ankle is not easy at the best of times, and this is not the best of times!”

Well despite it not being the best of times, he did a truly brilliant job. It has 14 bolts and several steel plates holding it together—but as you can see from the photo—it works just fine!

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