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© Mike Melnotte
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UploadedDecember 14, 2009
TakenDecember 14, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D5000
Exposure1/2 sec at f/4
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Focal Length55 mm
ISO3200
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The house at the end of our street sits apart from its neighbors, isolated by large oak trees. The family that lived there for several years was forcibly removed when they could not make the mortgage and the father took his life shortly thereafter. A grieving mother and daughter were left behind and they found no charity in the homes of our small town. It's not certain where the mother went, but what is known is the daughter, R. Helena, for weeks was left to forage on her own. Their home lay abandoned, gone to weeds and disrepair, yet life could be seen in the upper window. The child would return and on rare nights as I passed I could see her motionless in the window, light emanating from a single candle. I knew she could not see into the darkness as I stood staring at her presence. We remained still for what seemed an eternity. As I turned to go, her hand came up to the glass, seeming to reach out to the night or to the family that was only a memory. I could no more help her than I could myself. The child was lost... I turned away.

Thirty odd years have passed and she can still be seen. Real or imagined, the child still exists in my mind.

That sounds way more interesting than me telling my daughter to go stand in the window so daddy can go outside and take her picture. :)

In the My Daughter, My Model photo essay.

13 responses

  • René Damen

    RenĂ© Damen   gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    great photo and story, the plot is great :-))

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    A book cover for sure

  • Kevin House

    Kevin House gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    Wicked!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    GREAT!!!!

  • Heidi Morris

    Heidi Morris (Deleted) gave props (23 Dec 2009):

    lol, very good i was captivated = great picture and excellent idea

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Sad story and chilling image, but I think she could see "far" into the darkness. Great!

  • Georgia Quinn

    Georgia Quinn gave props (25 Jun 2010):

    Brilliant contrast. Nothing exists but the window, another dimension...

  • Eric Abernethy

    Eric Abernethy said (26 Jul 2010):

    Now there is a photo with a story behind it! Incredible.

  • Tracie Casey

    Tracie Casey gave props (16 Aug 2010):

    Love the story... even if it's fiction! Cool shot!

  • Angela Peralta

    Angela Peralta (Deleted) said (6 Sep 2010):

    Super Twilight Zone material.

  • Nikhil Patel

    Nikhil Patel gave props (6 Sep 2010):

    you had me spooked!! great image!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (20 May 2011):

    LOL! Great storytelling!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (21 Feb 2012):

    "Framed" might make a good title? MonochromatiCool entry!

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