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Letting go

Posted by
Charlotte Meryman (Williamsburg, MA, United States) on 24 November 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

My brother leaving for his group home after a weekend with my mother and father. The focus could be better, but I like the storytelling.

Canon PowerShot A650 IS 1/160 second F/2.8 ISO 400 8 mm

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Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Indeed, it has a strong narrative and very interesting angles. Well done! Such a good series on your brother.

24 Nov 2009 5:05am

@Damon Schreiber: Thank you, Damon. The next series will focus on a more physical loss -- scenes from my parents' decaying farm.

Mirjam from Kiev, Ukraine

It's a good storytelling!

24 Nov 2009 5:55am

zahra from shiraz, Iran

such a beautiful picture.

24 Nov 2009 6:32am

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

I like the focus. To my eye, there is a softness in the background that sets your brother apart and creates a little distance, which translates on many levels. Excellent series.

24 Nov 2009 8:17am

@Chris Parr: Thanks, Chris. Glad it works for you. And I'm actually coming to like my brother's out-of-focus face, as a metaphor for his out-of-focus brain.

k@ from Paris, France

As we both said, Charlotte (thks for the email), words are often beyond images in a lot of situations, especially the ones that carry so deep emotions and suffering and swaying hopes... Love that "scene" (like in a movie, the family one) and love the dialogue between the mother (she talks within her gentle smile) and son... Your brother portraits are fabulous and I feel real touched by them. Remind me of a quote I share with you now.
In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody. - Henri Cartier-Bresson
I can hear the one you found... Thanks*

24 Nov 2009 10:13am

@k@: Thanks so much, Karine. That's a wonderful quote. I think I will paste it on my mirror.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A thousand words in two faces.

24 Nov 2009 12:35pm

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

I like it because it shows a lot of story.
I felt pain a little.

24 Nov 2009 3:32pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful story one can feel in this image . Thank to you text I really can feel all emotions going through this story ! Thx for sharing !

24 Nov 2009 6:12pm

@MARIANA: Thank you, Mariana.

alex centrella from California, United States

a wonderful and very impresive image ...

24 Nov 2009 6:48pm

@alex centrella: Thanks so much, Alex.

Ajay from Pune, India

No... I think the PoV is supremely fitting the story. very very effective, I say.

25 Nov 2009 1:31am

`Paul from Minneapolis, United States

.. an arresting series of images -- this one, and the two previous of your brother. ..heartfelt, with a touch of melancholia.. this one is my fave of the three. this shot tells a story - deep and engaging. i like the out of focus quality to this image.. in a way, it enhances the overall scene and mood.. very very well done.

30 Nov 2009 6:22pm

@`Paul: Thank you so much, Paul. This is my favorite, too, for the same reasons. I greatly appreciate your comments.

Monique from Maryland, United States

In this photo, I felt like I was there with your Mom and Henry. I can almost hear whatever she was saying to Henry.

7 Dec 2009 6:34pm

@Monique: Thanks so much, Monique, for all your kind comments and for all that you and your family do for my family. Much love to you all. - Charlotte

Canon PowerShot A650 IS
1/160 second
F/2.8
ISO 400
8 mm

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