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.
|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|
|Copyright:||© Tracy Krikorian|