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Children's Hospital

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I was shooting street photography in New Brunswick when I wandered to the Children's Hospital. I knew I should be more respectful on this block, people are dealing with very scary things and likely don't want their picture taken. Then I saw this woman, holding her vibrant child, running through the rain with the biggest smile I've seen in a long time. I knew I had to capture it. After giving me the happiest smile I've ever seen, she thanked me for the photo.

First things first, I want to thank her for bringing so much happiness to a rainy children's hospital. Secondly, I would like to thank her for giving me one of my favorite photos I've ever taken. A photo should never need a backstory to shine, but this one really takes that story and flies with it. You can see the happiness in her eyes. You can see that something amazing just happened in her life. For the split second she stood still, smiled, and gave me a photo, she expressed a thousand emotions. I can't thank her enough. Not only for a great photo, but for the happiness she brings. For every time someone sees her smile, they smile as well. For bringing light to a terribly depressing place. For bringing some sunshine on a stormy, rainy day. I toyed with making this photo black and white originally, but something told me to leave it in color. I now realize how powerful the colors of this photo are. The mystery boy is wearing such a bright red for such a dreary day, only complimenting his/her mothers already striking smile. I hope you all can see the joy in this photo for yourselves, and I urge anyone to take a break from whatever they are shooting, and go to the nearest city. I'm sure you've heard it before, but do not be afraid to stop people. Ask them for a photo. Compliment them. Thank them. Trust me, you might just make their day. Seek out the happy people, and if you can't find them, make them.

PS: If anybody in the central NJ/New Brunswick recognizes this woman, please send her my way! I have a post on my Facebook page (Richard Petrosino Photography) about this and would absolutely love to get in touch with her. Thank you!

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