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    Giacomo e Maria
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 21
    Lighting 15
    Creativity 13
    Story 27

    This photograph is the perfect illustration of the power of photography. It's an older woman holding photos of herself and her husband, who just passed away. The small photos show them when they were young and still at the beginning of their lives. I love to say that nothing can describe what your mother looked like when she was 20 and the moonlight fell on her face just so. This photograph is so personal, so intimate, and it tells us everything through the age of the skin and hands and by the way the woman is holding these photos in such a tender way. The story here is that of a lifelong love where two people really do almost become one, people who came together to make a family, a home, perhaps a business, and always were two … And now there is but one. It's a universal story, because death is something that happens to all of us—but hopefully so does love. This grandmother found her husband's wallet with photos of the couple when they were young. So beautiful, these young people who came together to build a life. The photographer has framed it well and included the most simple and direct lighting and details (wrinkled skin, old photographs) that speak to a very old love. Really moving.

    Maggie Steber
    National Geographic Photographer
    41 comments
    Yeung Leung
    Yeung Leung

    somewhat broke my heart, but definitely brilliant!

    Anirudh R.
    Anirudh R.

    Sry, i maybe a bit too late to comment on this snap... Owing to,the fact that i only last month, i suppose it's never tok late..

    Cristina Duca
    Cristina Duca

    questa foto mi emoziona ogni volta. e torno a vederla...

    Adrian Valls
    Adrian Valls

    Your whole gallery is inspiring, No other words to say because your photographs speak for themselves. Thanks for letting us see them.

    Paulo Alves
    Paulo Alves

    No words... Only Thanks ...is a powerful picture and very beautiful

    Gioachino Gruttadauria
    Gioachino Gruttadauria

    Complimenti Margherita, bellissima foto. Intensa, interessante galleria. Brava!

    Mary Q.
    Mary Q.

    Congrats for award. Beautiful shot...

    Maggie Steber
    Maggie Steber expert

    Hello Margherita,  I'm writing about this photo in our LOVE SNAP roundup so be sure to check that out.  Things should be posted by end of the week or no later than Monday, March 17.  It's very moving in all ways.  Thanks,  

    Maggie Steber

    Lynn Johnson
    Lynn Johnson expert

    Margherita please tell us about this photograph. Though your frame is balanced and your choice of black and white is powerful, It is the story behind the image that can make it last.

    Mary Dowds
    Mary Dowds

    This picture is absolutely beautiful.  Thank you for sharing it.  <3

    Larry Hilf
    Larry Hilf

    A very powerful image! It could be hopeful or sad or both.

    Dzung Le
    Dzung Le

    Great emotional image! Beautiful capture!

    Paolo Scarano
    Paolo Scarano

    Che bello ritrovarti e ammirare di nuovo questo tuo capolavoro, un caro saluto

    Dorothy Koval
    Dorothy Koval

    The stark beauty of your photographs is deeply moving.  Thank you for sharing them with us.

    Anirudh R.
    Anirudh R.

    Sry, hit the post button even before i could finish tgping what i wanted... Abt ur snap... The black, and white, mixed with the perfect tinge of dull lighting and the intricate details of the photo makes this one an,exceptional snap..

    Margherita Vitagliano
    Margherita Vitagliano

    @Lynn Johnson  HI,

    my grandmother, shortly after the death of her husband, found his wallet, with their photos, when they were young. 

    and I, I thought to love them, thank you.

    Photo Details
    Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2013
    Location: San Martino Valle Caudina, Campania, Italy
    Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 700
    Focal Length: 7.7 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec
    Aperture: f/2.8
    Copyright: © Margherita Vitagliano
    Categories: Black and White, Portraits
    Assignments: Love Snap