What Might Have Been

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© Judy and Wayne Wanamaker
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UploadedOctober 24, 2010
TakenNovember 25, 2008
MakeEastman Kodak Company
ModelKODAK EASYSHARE Z1012 IS Digital Camera
Exposure1/400 sec at f/2.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length7.6 mm
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This shot was difficult for me to take. It is beyond sad to face the reality that a tiny baby would never have her chance to experience life; and that her parents had to lose her. I almost didn't take this shot, but there was something that held my attention. For a little while, I could not understand. Then I realized that the landscape timbers reminded me of a play yard, and the toys and objects within its confine appeared to have been strewn around as if a small child had been playing with them. Silly? Maybe. But the sense was so strong.


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  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (24 Oct 2010):

    Wonderful tribute to this tiny innocent little infant! Judy, I am always amazed at how Americans always try to shy away from anything regarding death, especially the death of an infant or child. It is part of life and should be shared so that proper respect, tenderness and grief can be appropriately expressed. This is a person who lived and who mattered. Why would we think it to be in bad taste to say "this was a person, and this person, no matter what the age, mattered. This person was here for a time, and now we will miss him/her." Thanks so much for sharing a wonderful shot of this little girl's resting place. Thank you for honoring her life. Bravo!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (24 Oct 2010):

    I like your interpretation of this shot, Patty.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (24 Oct 2010):

    Some people really care! You are one of them. Sensitively and beautifully captured.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (25 Oct 2010):

    A very moving image,,one that touches the heart,

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (25 Oct 2010):

    So powerful, so poignant.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (27 Oct 2010):

    Oh how sad! I would think that her parents would be happy to know that you paid tribute to their angel.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (28 Oct 2010):

    Thanks so much for posting this, Judy. Very moving. I really like Patty's interpretation, too.

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (11 Nov 2010):

    What an incredible shot and story.Wonderful tribute. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Judy, this is poignant beyond belief! And your photo affirms that this small life was someone, whose presence here mattered.

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