Dave on His Way Out

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© Laura Hartley
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Here's David again, same place as before, in the photo before this one. But he is ready to leave now, as he stands solidly still by the ticket gate, as life moves on around him; kids, grand parents, sunlight.

There is a peace to someone who knows he is dying, once that "acceptance" stage has been reached. David wore that peace like a second skin, and it usually covered up his Kaposi's bruising.

But by the time I went home, he did not stay in touch, and stayed to himself as he got sicker. I respected his solitude.

So, sadly, when he died, because I am far away and cannot depend on family to tell such things, I was late in getting the word.

I have been very depressed by this for days.

So, I want to share David with the world, so everyone will know he existed. He did, too, larger than life, as you can see here.

David is with the angels now, and he always looked like one.

(The is a gelatin silver, using Tri-X film, Mamiya C330 medium format camera, then scanned.)

29 responses

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    oh my this is just jaw droppingly deep. beauuuutiful.

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    Damn great! Love the atmosphere!

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    A beautiful photograph, Laura. I'm very sorry about your friend.

  • Robin Smith

    Robin Smith gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    what a lovely tribute!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    A fantastic photo! The light you captured is so exemplarary of that place. His presence will never be forgotten thanks to his faithful photographer friend, Laura!

  • Gary Fudge

    Gary Fudge (Deleted) gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    Another wonderful image. Wonderful mood and atmosphere captured here. Great use of contrast again, I like the fact that faces can't be seen, because of that, adds to the air and feeling of mortality that goes with the accompanying stories with both images. Life goes, then so should the identity captured on film..........

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    For some reason the pic has me thinking of "Casablanca." Stunning capture.

  • Anne Mcginn

    Anne Mcginn gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    this is so beautiful, laura. I'm so sorry for your loss. The love you feel for him is still alive and that is very important. Beautiful tribute to your dear friend.

  • Keith Skinner

    Keith Skinner gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    Awesome image and a wonderful yet sad story to go with it. Great B&W BTW

  • Chris Walker

    Chris Walker gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    I'm taking the camera and getting lots of shots of loved ones this weekend. Thanks for sharing and nicely done on the photo.

  • Laura Hartley

    Laura Hartley gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    George - Hi, thanks for coming round again! And, yes, it was hard to write, and as writer, too, you know what I mean. Chris- one truly never knows when one's photos will be the last. Took some of my Dad, spontaneously one day - he looked so old. The day I got them back from the lab, he had died. Good idea, in other words....

  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan (Deleted) gave props (27 Jun 2008):

    fabulous shot!

  • Kiwi ana

    Kiwi ana (Deleted) gave props (27 Jun 2008):

    Darling Laura, I'm so sorry to hear a dear one of yours has taken his final leave... I have a friend who has Kaposi's Sarcoma also, it is a sad way to go. Painful, and yet I know the peace you speak of. This is a photo of power. No not because of your words or your title. It captures the eye. Makes you want to know the story. My thoughts are with you both.

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (28 Jun 2008):

    I am truly for your loss. This is outstanding and a beautiful tribute.

  • Ken McElroy

    Ken McElroy gave props (28 Jun 2008):

    Your words touched me and the loss weighed heavily until I studied your image. I think it is the perfect picture of transcendance and hope. It is beautiful and perfect and attains the ideal.

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    My thoughts...amazing tribute!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    very very haunting.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    Wonderful picture Laura.

  • Jerry Carpenter

    Jerry Carpenter gave props (1 Jul 2008):

    Beautiful Laura!

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (4 Jul 2008):

    Laura, many American natives believed that you shouldn't have your photo taken because your soul would be captured. I believe your friend allowed you to capture his soul with this image. It haunts by it's very light and grace - it appears as though time and space are frozen around him and he is transcended from us, from the world. This is probably the most moving photograph I have ever seen; it has brought me to tears. That and your loving husband's commentary...........to have known two such wonderful men in your life you are truly blessed.

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    loved friend imortilized...beautiful and somewhat haunting...love it!

  • Victor Rollins

    Victor Rollins (Deleted) gave props (13 Jul 2008):

    this is amazing. I love the contrast! great job as always!!

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (15 Jul 2008):

    This is very, very touching, Laura. And the composition speaks volumes. It is simply fabulous!

  • Barbara Gerstner

    Barbara Gerstner gave props (4 Aug 2008):

    Oh wow...I have to say you two are quite a team....beautiful image and beautiful sentiments. My condolences for your loss. He was very lucky to be loved by you;}

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze said (8 Sep 2008):

    A lonely vigil. Reminds me of friends who died before their time.

  • Brett Suemicht

    Brett Suemicht (Deleted) said (9 Oct 2008):

    god so amazing

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (1 Nov 2008):

    Yes, this one really rocks Laura....great shot.

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    Laura, thank u 4 making photos like this!!!

  • christy banister

    christy banister (Deleted) gave props (18 Nov 2008):

    Very tasteful.

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