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© Bailey Cooper
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UploadedSeptember 27, 2012
TakenSeptember 14, 2012
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D7000
Exposure1/160 sec at f/4.5
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Focal Length92 mm
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Here is the 'PS Magic' original for the sake of comparison. Hannah is my grand niece. She was molested (starting at age 4) by her father who is now serving a 27 year prison sentence for that abuse. She is painfully shy and wears the emotional scars of those years. I understand this. I lived it too.

The photo shoots of Hannah are designed to build self-esteem in a non-threatening way. I sent her $100 to buy an outfit for the shoot to give 'her' choices and to help with finding a way in. At first it was very difficult to pull her out of her shell. This is one of the first shots. Looking down is what Hannah does. By the end of it, she was laughing and trying things out without any prompting from me. A success as I see it if every single photo is no more than mediocre in the eyes of everyone... but Hannah.

Sometimes... photos have hidden meanings and a higher purpose.

In the Against the Odds photo essay.

15 responses

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (27 Sep 2012):

    Wonderful !!!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (27 Sep 2012):

    So poignant and of course, I am in tears, but this is so beautiful of her and will help...a 'hgher purpose'

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (27 Sep 2012):

    Beautiful!

  • John Bost

    John Bost gave props (27 Sep 2012):

    That's sweet.

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson   gave props (29 Sep 2012):

    Thank you for this, Bailey. Beautifully done. We all know someone......

  • Richard Hawkins

    Richard Hawkins gave props (30 Sep 2012):

    wonderful photography. thanks for being there for her

  • Mike Apice

    Mike Apice gave props (1 Oct 2012):

    i was short on the blink, now the eyes are open! very emotional!!!!

  • Iñigo Jose Sinson

    Iñigo Jose Sinson gave props (2 Oct 2012):

    Bailey, what a wonderful portrait and props to you for what you are doing.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (2 Oct 2012):

    Fabulous shot

  • anna price

    anna price said (13 Oct 2012):

    Some nice pictures. Happy to hear molester is serving 27 years and that naturally you are supporting her. Plus I think a photo shoot was a great idea. But do you think publishing her past to the world is in her interest? To me a private shoot would have far better served a "shy, emotionally scarred" young girl

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (14 Oct 2012):

    Anna ~ I understand your line of thinking, but the facts of Hannah's case are only a Google search away. When this came to light and with their father's sentencing, this became public knowledge. Fortunately, Hannah doesn't have to live with years of hiding the truth. It is on the table. There is conversation. She is learning to live past it. Thank you for adding to this discussion Anna.

    Also, I would love to see some of your photography. Though you hae 2 JPG accounts (anna price 10-2012 and price anna 6-2008) you haven't posted anything but commentary to either account . I will watch your pages for uploads.

  • anna price

    anna price said (15 Oct 2012):

    Hi Bailey
    Thanks for reply. I am very protective of young girls and still feel that although it may well be public knowledge where you live it was not, until recently, to myself and many others. I totally disagree with the trend of hanging out your dirty washing. I do agree that this part of her life be opening discussed but only on your table. Let her decide when she is grown up if she wants such pictures and stories out there for all to see

    Regarding my photography. I belong to a local photo club where I sometimes submit my work for critiques from professional external judges and always get good marks but that is beside the point. I occasionally look at JPG and sometimes see great pictures but usually see such comments such as "gave props" and other meaningless comments and wonder what the point is

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (17 Oct 2012):

    Anna ~ Your 'version' (and certainly the most common): "I totally disagree with the trend of hanging out your dirty washing". As long as molestation stays hidden, it will remain our 'dirty' little secret.

    Still hoping to view some of your work and will watch for it.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (18 Oct 2012):

    Anna ~ Just found this while reading today's news blog. The secrecy IS the biggest demon.

    For John Mark Buckland, 42, who was abused by a Scout leader at Travis Air Force Base in Vacaville, Calif., the release represented an empowering moment.

    “It unveils all the secrecy, or at least a good portion of it, and the secrecy is the biggest demon there is when it comes to things like this, because it’s by being hidden that it basically just eats people away like a cancer,” Buckland, of Huntington, W. Va., told NBC News.

    “We’ve been powerless up to now. We’ve been at the whims of a multibillion-dollar organization that … has all the money to keep us under a desk in a box. And for now, they can’t do it anymore.”

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (17 Nov 2013):

    This a wonderful photo group. Hanna shines.

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