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    25 years ago my father woke up from anesthesia after surgery on both bars. He became immediately hooked by the idea of being photographed in such a way as if he was looking dead. On Sunday, 26 July 2015, unfortunately, this event reached the level of reality: a hospital-acquired sepsis separateted him from enjoying a basically good recovering from heart surgery.
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    Lighting 4
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    Story 5

    I’m sorry to hear this story. The powerful nature of this photograph moves me from my office, from where I’m viewing this picture to the hospital bed and next to the women in the frame. From this image, I too feel the loss and share the grief the woman is feeling. As each finger separates around her forehead, the realisation is all too real, yet his beliefs rest on hope, as his hands gently hold a cross, maybe hope for this life or maybe hope for the next. Thanks-you for sharing this photograph.

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer
    Photo Details
    Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2015
    Location: Dormagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
    Camera: EPSON Perfection 1640
    Copyright: © Andreas Baier
    Categories: Black and White, Culture, Portraits
    Assignments: Facing Your Fears, Empathy Gap, When Death Comes