Touches From the Heart

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© Melinda Smith
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UploadedAugust 22, 2008
TakenAugust 17, 2008
ModelCanon EOS 5D
Exposure1/400 sec at f/7.1
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length80 mm
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This is my aunt, my mom is touching her hand. The touch is calming.

They both had Alzheimer's. The disease had progressed farther in my aunt. They might not know anyone around them but they know each other. I find comfort in that.
My mom passed away from this horrible disease in April 2009. My Aunt called out for her after she passed but no one had told her that my mom had died. They shared a special bond.

41 responses

  • Howard Seelig

    Howard Seelig gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    A very moving photo.

  • Richard Seah

    Richard Seah gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Fantastic emotive image. I do a lot photographs of hands and must say this is an excellent example. Definite favorite of mine.

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    Powerful Capture !!! so well done

  • d s

    d s said (22 Aug 2008):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    Wonderful focus...great, great b&w.

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    This is a beautiful photograph... and the story so heart-warming.

  • Michelle Christopher

    Michelle Christopher gave props (23 Aug 2008):

    Absolutely amazing photograph.

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (24 Aug 2008):

    The emotion of touch often surpasses the need for words - a touching emotive image......beautiful

  • Grace Tan

    Grace Tan gave props (26 Aug 2008):

    Thanks for sharing this moment with us. My dad has Alzheimer's too, and this image speaks so much to me.

  • Melinda Smith

    Melinda Smith said (26 Aug 2008):

    Thank you all. This makes me smile and cry at the same time. I feel sad when I look at this photo but yet, like I said, I feel comfort as well. My mom doesn't know me but she remembers her sister. They didn't talk much but they sat and looked at each other and held hands.

  • Brandi Lynn

    Brandi Lynn said (27 Aug 2008):

    oh wow. this is so touching. My Granny had Alzheimer's disease. It's a horrible disease.

  • Michael Davidson

    Michael Davidson said (4 Sep 2008):

    very touching, i see this in my family too

  • Shawn Palmquist

    Shawn Palmquist said (9 Sep 2008):

    Almost brought me to tears, exceptional photo... very well done.

  • Jessica Hardin

    Jessica Hardin gave props (18 Sep 2008):

    My grandfather had it bad, very sad. I feel for you. As you said though, it puts your heart at a little ease to know that they find familiarity in each other and comfort, my grandpa didn't have that.

  • Allan Meek

    Allan Meek (Deleted) gave props (19 Sep 2008):

    My Grandfather died from this and i find both your description and photo very touching. Fabulous photograph and sentiment. This is great, thanks for sharing.

  • Manon Boily

    Manon Boily (Deleted) gave props (19 Sep 2008):

    very intense moment. I know it's not easy for you and I can tell you that your not alone in that situation. alzheimer is bad and a lot of persons have it or know somebody in that situation. courage.

  • Rebecca Winters

    Rebecca Winters said (23 Sep 2008):

    intimate, sad and heartwarming. well done-

  • Scott Derryberry

    Scott Derryberry gave props (28 Sep 2008):

    once again a beautiful shot! beautiful subject! ugly topic! i suspect these deep topics stem from a beautiful soul.

  • sanjin kastelan

    sanjin kastelan gave props (4 Nov 2008):

    the moment i saw this wonderful photo I just wanted to shake your hands. I wish the most wonderful life full of sun and fluffy clouds to both girls.

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    ! ! ! Anice ! ! Bommerscheim gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    this is such a strong image, your very good :)

  • Phototherapy

    Phototherapy said (13 Jan 2009):

    Excellent idea, growing old, brilliant and very well realized :)

  • Joni Hofmann

    Joni Hofmann said (14 Jan 2009):

    Beautiful photograph! I feel the emotions of love and acceptance in this photo.

  • Kristin Charles

    Kristin Charles gave props (29 Jan 2009):

    What a touching photo. The look on your aunt's face says so much. Beautifully done.

  • JS Daniel

    JS Daniel gave props (10 Feb 2009):

    Wow! Beautiful photo.Very emotional.It really stirs the heart.

  • James Baldocchi

    James Baldocchi said (27 Mar 2009):

    I totally relate to this image. I just had to put my mom and dad into assisted living. Great image, very sensitive capture.

  • M Daniel

    M Daniel gave props (17 Jun 2009):

    Powerful and beautiful Capture!!!

  • Tania Losada

    Tania Losada gave props (8 Jul 2009):

    It's so good ... Photography 100%... It's so emotional, the moment is so expressive and is so significant ... The message given by the image is so powerful... That I think this photo is the best I've seen in a longo time!!! I do not have enough words to describe how much moves and transmits this image. Excellent shot :) Un saludo

  • Melinda Smith

    Melinda Smith said (8 Jul 2009):

    Thank you all so much for you generous words. They touch me deeply.
    My mom passed away April 15, 2009. She died in her sleep with her sister sleeping in the bed beside her.
    They didn't tell my Aunt that she died but the next day my Aunt yelled her name all day. They didn't have to tell her, she knew from within.

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    What a heart-wrenching story. It made my eyes water thinking about growing old, having other people care for you, and, ultimately, love and the human spirit.

  • julianne feldman

    julianne feldman (Deleted) said (4 Nov 2009):

    this is such a powerful photograph. you captured the emotion very well. so touching.

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (1 Dec 2009):

    Melinda, this photograph still stirs up a deep sigh from within. It's beautiful.

  • Raymond John

    Raymond John   said (15 Apr 2010):

    This is a masterpiece.

  • Nina Reardon

    Nina Reardon gave props (15 Jul 2010):

    Wow... when they say a picture is worth a thousand words, this is what they're talking about. Beautiful shot.

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (15 Jul 2010):

    absolutely one of my prefered!

  • Lindsay Rogers

    Lindsay Rogers gave props (16 Jul 2010):

    This is absolutely beautiful

  • Karas Cahill

    Karas Cahill gave props (17 Jul 2010):


  • Julie V McKinney

    Julie V McKinney gave props (18 Jul 2010):


  • Ted Diaz

    Ted Diaz gave props (18 Jul 2010):

    Lovely shot touching story. Thanks for sharing

  • Dr Sreenidhi s

    Dr Sreenidhi s said (22 Jul 2010):

    this is a classic image and it has the ability to touch the hearts of viewers with ur aunt in the background, this is one of the best images i've ever seen..kudos

  • Dr Sreenidhi s

    Dr Sreenidhi s gave props (22 Jul 2010):


  • Tim E

    Tim E (Deleted) gave props (17 Jan 2012):

    powerful image.

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