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    My daughter had open heart surgery at 8 months old. For much of her childhood she was sick. As I took this candid shot of her scar, she unconsciously put her hand up to it as I was capturing the shot. I believe she is still aware of it, but uses it is as a daily reminder of how far she has come and how strong she is. It is an event in her past that she does not let define her present or future.
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    This is quiet, intimate, "close" encounter with your daughter on a multitude of levels. I love how you made this photograph commemorating a difficult experience she had while also including a subconscious movement that reminds her of her strength. The choice to change to black and white lets us focus only on her interaction with her scar with no color to distract us. I love it.

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Jul 18, 2018
    Date Uploaded: Jul 18, 2018
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D3400
    Focal Length: 40 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec
    Aperture: f/3.2
    ISO: 360
    Copyright: © Shanna Helton
    Categories: People, Portraits
    Assignments: Close Encounters, Rethinking Portraiture, Not Just A Face
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest