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    Giacomo e Maria
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 26
    Lighting 19
    Creativity 16
    Story 36

    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
    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: Portraits, Black and White
    Assignments: Love Snap
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