A Personal View
Authored August 8th, 2017
— Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, founder of osteopathic medicine, physician and surgeonClick To Tweet
Hello!😃 I’m Dr.Sandip Mehta, DO (English: /sun-deep meh-ta/;). I am the creator of STUDIO*XEPHON. I have a degree in Astronomy from the University of Texas in Austin and a Medicine degree from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. I have been practicing internal medicine for over fourteen years in Texas as a primary care doctor and also teach nurse practitioner students. I previously worked as a hospital physician for twelve years in addition to my clinic practice, working alongside many outstanding specialists. I took care of patients in the emergency room, general medical floor and ICU. I cherish being a physician, taking care of people and helping my patients be “happy & healthy” as I often say. It is an honor and privilege to be a physician in society, working hard to raise up my patients to improve their health in mind, body and spirit. A happy person is a healthy person! This is philosophically and spiritually important to me. I want to help people so that they are able to follow their self-interests as a healthy person. This includes raising their family, spending time with the grandkids, going to work, creating art, music or just enjoying retirement. I enjoy taking the time to speak to my patients and getting to know each of them. People are really interesting! I strive to gently encourage my patients to be the best person that they can be, if not today then tomorrow. Hope is always with us. Sometimes we need to hear it or speak it aloud, particularly when the conversation turns to cancer.
— Dr.MEHTA, osteopathic physician, amateur photographer & digital artistClick To Tweet
I have been practicing photography and creating digital art for over ten years and have taken over 45,000 photos all over America and India. I pursue travel photography of flowers and nature. I love to create flower portraits! The best photos are subsequently digitally painted in my home studio into brilliant photorealistic paintings. I have completed over 200 paintings. My paintings markedly improved in 2016 when I began reading about Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rafael. I studied the canonical High Renaissance painting techniques of Chiaroscuro (strong tonal contrasts between light and dark) and Unione (softer contrasts with brilliant color). Using the digital tools in Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop, I attentively blend both canonical modes into a single painting. Becoming a digital artist has made me a far better photographer. It is my sincerest desire to travel around the world to photograph and create paintings for the rest of my life and give it all back!
I set him free.
— Michelangelo, Italian sculptor and artistClick To Tweet
The entire process of producing digital paintings from photographs is fascinating. This is in part what my blog website is about. In the coming years, I wish to share with my readership the many aspects of my studio work. So that everyone can learn; from planning a photographic expedition to the final images developed with Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, Macphun Luminar and other apps. This includes the following:
- Planning a photography expedition
- Be a better traveler & travel well
- Learn photography concepts & terms
- Explore cameras, lenses, and optical filters
- Understanding RAW & JPEG file formats
- Design a RAW post-processing pipeline
- Gain knowledge about computer hardware
- Learn about the imaging software & apps
- Grasp underlying concepts & algorithms
- Appreciate various styles of art & painting
- Tips & Tricks using Photoshop, Painter & other apps
I try to let it come through.
— Jackson Pollock, American painter and abstract expressionistClick To Tweet
On July 27, 2016, Apple Inc. celebrated one billion (1000 million) iPhones sold. In the last sentence of the press release Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, stated “Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.” I remembered this milestone when the idea of selling my photography and digital paintings to raise money for charities that promote cancer education, prevention, research and treatment popped into my head. I thought to myself, “What would the world be like if if everyone in the world who owned a mobile phone and/or tablet spent $1 for a delightful photo to use as their digital wallpaper to raise money for cancer charities? How many millions of people all around the world would benefit? The amount of undeniable hope it would create!” This is the central idea for the STUDIO*XEPHON blog website and its heart. My wish is to give away all my photography work for the benefit of others.
So give it all you got!
— Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.Click To Tweet
On May 4, 2017, I made the decision to design and program the website myself using WordPress. The following day I signed up for an account on WP Engine, installed the Genesis Framework and the Utility Pro child theme. This was a steep uphill climb, simultaneously teaching myself to program and design the website for maximal usability and speed on mobile devices. I used my iMac, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus and an iPad mini for development at home in my free time over the next three months. STUDIO*XEPHON is my labor of love, finding my way to give back to others. I am encouraged by other examples of philanthropy with photography elsewhere on the web. STUDIO*XEPHON is made for everyone all around the world. People can read the website in their own language. It is deliberately designed to encourage, nurture and foster an inclusive community. Cancer affects us all. What would you do for someone you love to have a better outcome? To have one more year? Or to prevent cancer in the first place? A person who receives the diagnosis of cancer must now rely on the knowledge and kindness of people they have never met or heard of before. My wish is to make it easy for all of us to help give those people who spend their lives aiding those of us in need. I can only conclude that we need each other. We need each other’s support and encouragement. We must give to one another. Giving to one another is the fountainhead of Hope. This is the change which makes the world a better place, built on countless individual acts of kindness and compassion. It really does make a difference! As a doctor, I experience this every single day. You can make a difference. How do I know this? Because I place my full faith in the goodness of people.
is the fountainhead of Hope.
— Dr.MEHTA, osteopathic physician, amateur photographer & digital artistClick To Tweet
XEPHON is a made up compound word from the Ancient Greek ‘Xeno-‘ (English: /zē-no/;) meaning “strange” and the Greek ‘-phon‘ (English: /fon/;) meaning “sound”. When I listen to music, I see the music in my mind as moving ribbons, shapes and surfaces. This is a form of music synesthesia. There is another well known form called “sound-to-color” synesthesia. This is not the type which I have as I do not ‘see’ colors, just the moving forms of the music. Songs manifest as paintings in motion. Until 2011, I had thought everyone experiences music like this. I recall many conversations with people in which I described the various shapes and motions of the music in a particular song. I attempted to explain to others how easy it is for me to follow every note of every instrument no matter how complex the arrangement, from the layered woven arrangements of New Order songs to full symphonies like Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth. For most of my life, I was not aware that my perception of music was unusual. Ergo I named the “Instrument of Synesthesia” XEPHON. I later came to understand that in a deeper sense, XEPHON is the “Instrument of Imagination” that each of has within us. STUDIO*XEPHON is a celebration of our Human Imagination.
And the STUDIO*XEPHON logo? It is chosen to represent the three ideals of “Imagine Hope. Give Back. Always Remember.” The logo is a secular stylization of Ganesh, remover of obstacles. Elephants care for one another. An elephant never forgets. XEPHON as the “Instrument of Imagination” is a stylized crown sitting upon the head. A new symbol of Hope that belongs to everyone.
act of creation.
— Oliver Sacks, British neurologist and naturalistClick To Tweet
Fun Facts about Dr.MEHTA
- I have a happy peaceful life living with 3 cute Doodle dogs! Big boo Oodle Doodle (age 7) is a Goldendoodle. Little boo Gromit is a Cavapoochon (age 5). Baby boo Chappie (age 1) is a red Toy Maltipoo. Everyday I LOL😂 as they surprise me with their daily doodle doogie antics!
- I love to travel and meet new people everywhere I go! Taking photos with people is just great fun!
- I voluteered to be a judge at the Miss Glamour Scholarship Pageant in 2017.
- I went adventuring to India in 2010 to explore ancient temples and Buddhist cave complexes at Ajanta & Ellora. I was repeatedly mistaken for Harry Potter🤔 (apologies Daniel!)
- I love sailboats! Coastal sailing on the ocean is such an amazing experience! Tacking and jibing a sailboat through brisk sea breezes on gentle rolling cerulean waves is an experience not to be missed! I look forward to sailing adventures in harbors and seas all around the world.
- I’m a naturally curious person. I watch one or two Great Courses college lectures every day on topics ranging from history, science, philosophy, religion, anthropology, psychology, economics, and more. I watch about 400 thirty minute episodes every year.
- I absolutely love Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies! What amazing fun it must be to be a part of those movies! I also especially love action and comic books films. I LOVE❤️ the Marvel Cinematic Universe films! WOW! DC Arrowverse? ↣ Count me in! DC Cinematic Universe? So cool! It is such an amazing time to be a movie lover! Do I love Star Trek and Star Wars!?! Double check!!🤓
- My intellectual heroes are Albert Einstein (humanitarian & physicist), James Burke (British science historian), Robert Jordan (American fantasy author of The Wheel of Time), and Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple, Inc.). They inspired me and shaped my mind as a young adult in profound philosophical and knowledge seeking ways.
- The Wheel of Time is my favorite story of all time. Like many other fans, I grew up with the story as every volume came out. I read the first book “The Eye of the World” in 1991 and instantly became a captivated fan! The final volume, Book 14 “A Memory of Light” arrived in January 2013. In the fall of 2011, the estate of Robert Jordan and JordanCon.org held an eBay Giving Works auction where the highest bidder would be memorialized as a named character in the final book of The Wheel of Time. I won that auction. I went to JordanCon4 in the spring of 2012 and met Harriet McDougal, Robert Jordan’s wife and editor of The Wheel of Time. I made my ‘debut’ on pages 22-23 in the hardcover version of “A Memory of Light” in the chapter “By Grace and Fallen Banners.” Sandip is an affable accomplished hedge-doctor😉. The real became imaginary and to this day it remains quite the surreal experience to be myself in my favorite story ever. Check it out!
- My favorite bands and musicians include Depeche Mode, Def Leppard, Enigma, Enya, Erasure, New Order, OMD, Pet Shop Boys and Yanni. Their musical genius defined my love of music and my synesthesia.
- I love the classical music of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. I adore the music of modern film composers including Basil Poledouris, Danny Elfman, Don Davis, Hans Zimmer, Henry Jackman, Howard Shore, James Horner, Joe Hisaishi, John Debney, John Powell, John Williams, Kenji Kawai, Michael Giacchino, Ramin Djawadi, Shirō Sagisu, Steve Jablonsky, Yoko Kanno, and Yuki Kajiura. They have written the most heartfelt memorable music over the last 40+ years. I revel in their work every as they continue to inspire my own artistry.
- Yes it’s true…I did grow out my hair for one year in 2015😆.
— Robert Jordan, American fantasy author
of The Wheel of TimeClick To Tweet
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— Albert Einstein, humanitarian and physicistClick To Tweet