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"If that's your passion, I can't take that away from you."

Five and a half months ago, I passed out on an airplane, spent three days in a NYC hospital, drove 20 hours home (as prescribed by a doctor), and a week later my "episode" was labeled a seizure, and I was a newly diagnosed epileptic. With that came the added crux of no driving until I was seizure-free for six months.

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Tim Foote
encouragement, with a side of sends

Normally when bouldering, I hop around taking photos or rapid-fire at my project for an hour or so. It was the fifth and final day of our climbing trip and I found myself shuffling pads behind Grandfather Mountain in beautiful western North Carolina. Cody began to climb and slipped his right hand into a slot and his left hand onto a perfectly sculpted crimp, bringing his left foot to my eye level. “Keep breathing, Cody. You’ve got this.”

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a portrait for dirtbag portraits

Let’s set the scene. I’m currently sitting in a little coffee shop in the small city that’s the biggest city in Alabama, Birmingham, listening to Come on Eileen, and trying to write an opening blog post for my new website, Dirtbag Portraits. If I’m honest, this is my sixth start to a draft for this first blog post.

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Tim Foote