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Collection: Nobody Knows
Camera: Apple iPhone 5s
Date: Nov 16, 2015
Aperture: 2.2
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Dec 26, 2015

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01/09/2016 07:12:04 PM
A brave and inspiring piece Ann. My sentiments for your mother and yourself. I've been through this myself and realise the individual hardship and love that you experience. Your mum is a beautiful soul, wise eyes and a knowing look. I suppose you are living that yourself through your essay, exploring the meanings and emotions of the anticipation of what is inevitable for all of us. You've done this beautifully.
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01/09/2016 02:24:44 AM
So sorry for your loss. Very difficult to comment on such a personal journey. Thank you for sharing it must have been very difficult to put this together
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01/03/2016 09:56:36 PM
sorry for your loss... this was indeed hard to watch, as hard news is. you've expressed all my horror at hospitals, and the photos make it impossible to ignore your points.
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01/02/2016 07:02:49 PM
Powerful essay that makes you appreciate life. At a certain point life starts to take away more than it gives.

“Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be...”

-- William Wordsworth

So hard to comment on your essay. We must cherish what we have and carry on. My thoughts are with you.

Message edited by author 2016-01-02 19:03:46.
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01/01/2016 07:33:45 PM
I do not think that we need a warning to look at this heartfelt essay. It is about life, and death is a part of life. It is regarded though like a failure, like a disease, like something that needs to be ignored and never ever mentioned, something that happens to "others". We show endless pictures with new born babies and stay away from old people.

What you show us here reminded me of a recent book "Being Mortal", by Dr. Atul Gawande. As it's described on the cover, "Dr. Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit."

You made a great tribute to your mother and your essay is a deep cry, hopefully not in the desert.
I read a while ago the memories of Dag Hammarskjold and there is this sentence that is worth mentioning:

"No choice is uninfluenced by the way in which the personality regards its destiny and the body its death. In the last analysis, it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions that life puts us."

There is something that struck me in your series of photographs - there is a illumination of your mother's face that makes even more powerful the mystery of life and death.

I salute you for your photo essay.

Message edited by author 2016-01-01 19:35:20.
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