Papa Ron's Funeral
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This photograph is of my oldest son at the funeral of his grandfather, Papa Ron. My son spent a lot of time before the service by the coffin, observing all the people who laid a parting hand on it. I donâ€™t think he understood death then. Many days after, he would still talk about his Papa Ron (he would always refer to him as â€œmy Papa Ronâ€) being sick. We would remind him that Papa Ron had died.
Months later, I think he finally understood that Papa Ron was dead. He must have realized his absence was permanent.
A note about the photograph: This is a version of a photograph I posted some time ago. I adjusted light and added some vibrancy to the colors, especially to the red which symbolizes death. (My son's hair has a hint of red to represent that he now carries this experience.) I also wanted a tighter crop, focusing more on my son and on the emotion. I wanted to convey a darker mood by bringing the subject of death more to the surface. I believe the photograph reflects the struggle within my son. --
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