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Thanks Ron! My friend Daniel shared a harrowing experience that he and his family had to endure over on our Family Photojournalist blog: http://thefamilyphotojournalist.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-surgery-documentary.html#comment-form
After wiping tears from viewing such an intimate set from the inside, I went back and reread the last paragraph of his introduction to the documentary:
"Lastly, it has been my observation that emotions are often absent in photography, save the smiles and laughs, which, while valuable, belie an existence none of us can know exclusively. Sadness and pain are real. If we choose to omit those in our documentary, we do a disservice to our remembrance...Show more →
Chuck, I love what Daniel has to say. The difficult things that we go through help make us who we are as we grow and mature, get older and wiser, and really start appreciating life in ways that we never could when we were too young and inexperienced to understand that.
A year ago, my Dad was in the hospital in New Mexico dying. Our whole family gathered and the atmosphere was very jovial during those times that Dad was conscious and interacting with us. Meanwhile, I had an uncle and a cousin and his wife who came from California to... well, I don't know what they were there for... to commiserate? I showed up with my camera and they just were appalled that I would take pictures of my dying father. So disgusted that they refused to come up to his room while I was there.
But we still celebrating his life! And those pictures that I took that day, and the surrounding days, were some of the most meaningful pictures I've ever taken. Here's the link: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1140864
I don't expect everyone to agree that I should have been taking pictures then, everyone deals with those things differently, but this is exactly what your friend Daniel was talking about up there.
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