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    My mom was dying from colon cancer. My nephew came in and asked her if she wanted him to curl up with her. She couldn't really speak anymore so he held her hand and told her that he would wait and if she raised up her hand he would lay down beside her. She raised her hand and he crawled in. She whispered something to him and I asked him what she said. He told me that she had said she was sorry. He then put his hand over her heart and said to me, "It's okay, I understand what she means by that."
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    Lighting 2
    Creativity 1
    Story 17

    It's not a conventional image. It's a moment in life that makes most of us uncomfortable. We might even turn away. But there is something about the child’s eyes that hold us. It feels to me that he is inviting the viewer in to share the moment he's spending with his elder. He is brave, lying there beside one who is dying. The caption gives us the barest of information. We know the relationship, we sense the time of day, we see the images taped casually on the wall—another powerful use of photography. It is all these elements that come together to create a spare, unselfconscious moment of sharing that for me is quite powerful. There is no crying, no artifice, no attempt to beautify. In its simplicity, the image becomes universal, reminding us that we will all travel to this place. Hopefully, if we are fortunate, there will be someone beside us.

    Lynn Johnson
    National Geographic Photographer
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Jan 9, 2014
    Date Uploaded: Feb 26, 2014
    Location: Crete, Nebraska, United States
    Camera: Apple iPhone 5
    Focal Length: 4.13 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/15 sec
    Aperture: f/2.4
    ISO: 800
    Copyright: © Tracy Krikorian
    Categories: People, Portraits
    Assignments: Love Snap