About the artist:
Josephine Ensign is a nurse and writer. She teaches health policy and health humanities at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the author of the medical memoir Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through the Safety Net.
About the artwork:
This photograph is part of the artist’s multimedia digital humanities project Soul Stories: Voices From the Margins, about the role of narrative in health and healing in the context of trauma. The Soul Stories project includes photographs and digital storytelling videos to accompany a forthcoming book of essays and poems about her search for ways to humanize health care for patients, families, communities and providers. “I took this photograph while writing a lyric essay, ‘Foot Notes,’ which concludes with this line: ‘Feet take us to new territory; they witness and record our journey.’