A surgeon’s art

By Rachel Winter

A full-time trauma surgeon operates behind a camera to combine
movement and color to digital photography.

Born in Croatia, Tomislav Mesic moved to Austria as a teenager
and became interested in photography at the age of 16.

Although he was quite interested in photography, he ended up
going to school in Vienna to study medicine.

“My mother wanted me to have a good job, so I ended up getting
into medicine,” said Mesic.

It was part of the reason he didn’t pursue photography.

He finished schooling and became a general practitioner in 1995
and resides and lives in his hometown of Linz where he is a trauma
surgeon in the emergency room.

Mesic traveled to Cal Poly from Austria to exhibit some of his
work in the “Linz to L.A.” in the hallways of the Bronco Student
Center, Jan. 4.

This is Mesic’s second solo showing of his work, the first
exhibition was held in Los Angeles.

Mesic wants people to feel the energy when viewing his
photographs, as well as show beautiful things in a different light,
by getting people’s attention.

For example, the close ups of the medical contraptions are
abstract, attracting the viewer with a dominant color or pattern.
Some are taken with a variety of angles to bring the eyes into the
picture, leaving it to viewers to interpret.

His various photos of rain and fog show the beauty in everyday
types of weather. Most would view these types of days as gloomy and
depressing. But Mesic’s photos of the wet weather are taken in
different countries around the world, such as Turkey and Italy and
state the opposite.

The three photos displayed side by side are of an empty
carousel. The eyes connect to the slow shutter speed snap shot of a
clear image of a clown or an animal cart. The color helps make
parts of the pictures seem in focus against the blurry background
of the real life spinning of the carousel.

Around the time Mesic got out of school, he started picking up
photography again using a film camera.

When digital photography became advanced and popular he made the

“I finally caved and bought a digital camera,” said Mesic.

Most of his work is taken digitally.

His photography will be on display in the Bronco Student Center
lobby through Feb. 5.

Reach Rachel Winter at: lifestyle@thepolypost.com

A surgeon

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A surgeon’s art

A surgeon

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A surgeon’s art

A surgeon

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A surgeon’s art

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