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 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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