Papa Ron's Funeral

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© Marco Martinez
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UploadedDecember 27, 2009
TakenDecember 1, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure1/125 sec at f/2.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length85 mm
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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 don’t think he understood death then. Many days after, he would still talk about his Papa Ron (he would always refer to him as “my Papa Ron”) 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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33 responses

  • Wallace Jones

    Wallace Jones gave props (27 Dec 2009):

    wow! amazing capture! you really did a good job of capturing the emotion!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (27 Dec 2009):

    Incredibly touching portrait! I remember how surreal death seemed to me as a child, and I remember my first funeral. Really, you caught that feeling so well, Marco. Just lovely:)

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (27 Dec 2009):

    Very moving and beautiful!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (27 Dec 2009):

    I remember this post from before..Loved it then and I love it more now. Your work did exactly as you wanted. A very touching story and the childs face does look like he is having trouble wrapping his brain around what is going on. Poor boy...My heart goes out to you all. Thanks goes to PaPa Ron and all the military service.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (27 Dec 2009):

    WOW!! This is so full of impact!! An incredible shot!!

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  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (27 Dec 2009):

    such a wonderful capture!

  • Elliott Negron

    Elliott Negron gave props (28 Dec 2009):

    Truly moving..

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) gave props (28 Dec 2009):

    Excellent emotion captured here. I think it's important for children to be included in funeral's. A touching image and commentary to go with it.

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (28 Dec 2009):

    This is a powerful image and a fantastic photo essay. Great work on this.

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury said (28 Dec 2009):

    really good , the lines behind him gives a nice impression, allthough he''s exacly at the righ place, nice crop.!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (28 Dec 2009):

    Marco, this was one of the very first photos I "faved" upon joining JPG. I said then that it was moving, and nothing since then has altered my opinion. And it is more than that. It is truly a masterpiece, and I can only hope that it is eventually published.

  • Leah Garton

    Leah Garton gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    Amazing shot! Such emotion. I love how he is looking back, like he forgot something, yet is still walking forward. Excellent!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (30 Dec 2009):

    I like this version. It's very emotional and quite touching!

  • Jose Rico

    Jose Rico (Deleted) said (30 Dec 2009):

    an amazing capture with perfect composition. the color is exquisite. the mood of the photo is very strong, even before one reads your profound caption. this is an exceptional image, well executed.

  • Tricia Louvar

    Tricia Louvar said (30 Dec 2009):

    This is heartfelt. And the little guy looks a slightly lost, confused, and dreaming of his teddy bear to make this strangeness go away..

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (31 Dec 2009):

    wonderful capture....

  • Jason Pierce

    Jason Pierce gave props (31 Dec 2009):

    very powerful

  • Avery Volpus

    Avery Volpus (Deleted) gave props (31 Dec 2009):

    Beautiful. What an expressive face .

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (1 Jan 2010):

    You can not help to be moved by this image...amazing!!

  • timothy wombold

    timothy wombold gave props (1 Jan 2010):

    Impressive shot.Very moving

  • Kelly Roper

    Kelly Roper gave props (2 Jan 2010):

    This is indeed powerful. Expression on his tiny face....this will be a touching photo for him in years to come.

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip said (3 Jan 2010):

    To embracing the death of a love by by a child can be hard. But it is reality. A wonder photo, very touching.

  • s w

    s w gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    your sensitive images are incredibly well captured. outstanding work Marco. I remember this photograph and you've made it even more special.

  • Rob Davidson

    Rob Davidson (Deleted) gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    Wonderful. So emotive and symbolic. Very good edit from the original post.

  • Tina Smith

    Tina Smith said (6 Jan 2010):

    This one touched a spot deep. Watching our children comprehend death is often harder then doing it ourselves. Very touching capture.

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (8 Jan 2010):

    Very sad!

  • Elizabeth Saporito

    Elizabeth Saporito gave props (11 Jan 2010):

    Emotional capture.

  • Charles Gossett

    Charles Gossett (Deleted) gave props (21 Jan 2010):

    What a fantastic image. Very touching!

  • Francis Marquez

    Francis Marquez said (27 Jan 2010):

    perfect, even w/out the story, you captured it.

  • Bhrahu P. Padmodiwiryo

    Bhrahu P. Padmodiwiryo gave props (10 Feb 2010):

    love this pic!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    Most excellent.... powerful and touching.... just marvelous.

  • Joe

    Joe said (7 Mar 2013):

    A very powerful and meaningful picture.

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