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    As my mother's memory faded, she required 24/7 supervision in a Memory Care Unit. They suggested we surround her with some of her favorite things for comfort & in hopes of jogging her memory. We loaded her bureau with photos of her children & grandkids, her prized bowling trophy, stuffed animals, and art which helped for a short time; however, on this day she vacantly stared ahead, as seen in this reflection, showing little recognition. It ultimately just wasn't enough to sustain her.
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    Thank you very much for sharing your story with us Jodie. I love your use of the mirror as a compositional tool, to frame her reflection with other framed memories from your mother's past. But what I really like is that you are not just honoring your mom (an obvious "Because of Her" submission), but that because of you — a daughter — you are helping preserve your mom's memories and legacy by sharing her story. Jodie, you are also a "Because of Her"...

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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    Date Taken: Apr 10, 2014
    Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2017
    Focal Length: 32 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec
    Aperture: f/9
    ISO: 800
    Copyright: © Jodie Castellani
    Categories: People, Places
    Assignments: My Best Photos of 2017, Because of Her