Month: September 2020

Photography as a creative outlet

Cardiologist Amr El-Shafei was raised in Egypt before moving to the United States in the mid-nineties. His story with photography began back in Egypt, where his grandfather was a founder of Egyptian TV and his uncles followed suit. He spent his childhood behind the scenes of Egyptian movies and TV programs. Growing up with that creative process and the cameras, Amr developed a creative itch that would follow him into adulthood. At 18, Amr started medical school, and photography fell off of the horizon. “Medicine doesn’t like partners,” he says, “so you learn how to focus and love the process of learning.” Amr ended up specializing in cardiology – a specialty, he says, that is very dependent on creativity. “And that’s why you see a lot of cardiologists have a kind of artistic side with music, writing, or photography. So it’s not uncommon to see cardiologists involved in some aspect of art.” After finishing school, he realized that he had a small window to explore something new. “If I didn’t find time to explore something that I loved at this …