The only Photograph

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© Giovanni Savino
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I took the picture of this little kid in a tiny village of the Dominican Republic with a plastic Holga camera. A few months later tragedy struck. The little boy was eating a "Kenepa" (a tropical fruit also called Lemoncillo) when he swallowed the seed and it got lodged in his throat. The hospital being far away he did not make it in time. He died a very slow and painful death chocked by a seed.

This is the only photograph of the little boy ever taken and I am planning to offer a print, in his memory, to his distraught family.

7 responses

  • Zoë Collins

    Zoƫ Collins said (3 Dec 2008):

    Such a tragic story, but the photograph is beautiful.

  • Jen Mars

    Jen Mars gave props (3 Dec 2008):

    maybe you were meant to get that photo

  • highsmith

    highsmith gave props (3 Dec 2008):

    wow. great picture and even better with the story. sorry for your loss.

  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams gave props (3 Dec 2008):

    I agree that you were probably supposed to get his picture. Maybe there is further things you must do in the area? Great shot!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (27 Apr 2009):

    It really was meant to be. I too was able to do the same - of a father fm India.some 20 years ago.We will forever be rememebred for that act of kindness.

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo said (5 Mar 2010):

    very cool!!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (17 Jan 2011):

    powerful in every way and so very sad...

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