Posts Tagged ‘touching’

Portraits of American Same-Sex Couples from the 1980s at Home with Themselves

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Bill and Ric, with Ric’s daughter Kate, San Francisco, 1987.

At the height of AIDS hysteria in the 1980s, when some people still wondered if the disease could be passed to others through day-to-day contact, photographer Sage Sohier was going into same-sex couples’ homes and photographing them for a series and photo book that came to be known as At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America.

The project captured an intimate portrait of the gay community that was at odds with the headlines of the day, and made all the more poignant by the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic against which it was created. Read more…

Photographer Says Goodbye to Her Dog of 16 Years with a Touching Portrait Shoot

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Photographer Maria Sharp has had one constant over the past sixteen years, and that constant was a German Shepherd, Collie, Hound Dog mix named Chubby.

And when Chubby’s health began declining rapidly, Sharp said goodbye the only way she knew how: by digging up old pictures, and taking a few new ones before Chubby passed away. Read more…

Comfort Objects: Portraits of Children and the Dolls, Blankets and Stuffed Animals They Hold Dear

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Did you ever have a ‘comfort object’ as a kid? Maybe it was a security blanket, or a beloved stuffed animal that you carried around everywhere. Maybe you still have it somewhere in the attic where it’s more socially acceptable now that you’re an adult.

These objects meant, at least for a time, the world to us; A connection to security and safety that was, if irrational, also undeniably comforting. And it’s these objects and the children who love them that make up photographer Anna Ream‘s recent series Comfort Objects. Read more…

Woman Pays Tribute to Her Departed Fiancé with a Powerful Underwater Photo Shoot

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The crushing blow came just 52 days before her wedding: Janine, a blushing bride-to-be, unexpectedly lost her fiancé. The grief was unimaginable, but she didn’t let it conquer her. Instead, after taking some time to grieve, she got in touch with Matt Adcock at Del Sol Photography and asked him to help her move on and rediscover the beauty of the world around her.

What followed was an incredibly powerful ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot full of symbolism: a cleansing shoot that has helped Janine to make her peace with the past and embrace the possibility of a bright future. Read more…

Photographer Creates a Fantasy World for Her One-Handed Daughter to Show Her Anything is Possible

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Photographer and mother Holly Spring‘s photography has always been about her daughter. Born with only one hand and suffering from something known as Hirschprung’s disease, little Violet almost died from surgical complications before Holly ever got a chance to take a single picture of her.

Shortly after that, her husband bought her a DSLR, and she has been taking pictures of Violet ever since. Read more…

Photographer Juxtaposes Old Photos of Her Late Mother with Related Objects in Moving Tribute

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When photographer Jennifer Loeber lost her mother suddenly this past February, Loeber found herself clinging to even the most mundane and seemingly innocuous of the possessions her mother had left behind. But, as is so often the case, these objects became a stumbling block, a barrier to moving on, rather than the source of comfort she had hoped they would be.

And so, in her poignant, powerful series Left Behind, she symbolically ‘let go’ of the hold these items had on her grief by sharing photos of them on Instagram alongside related archival photographs of her mother.
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‘Humans of New York’ Sends Back Powerful Portraits and Heartbreaking Stories from the Middle East

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It’s getting to the point where you’d be hard pressed to find anybody who doesn’t already know about Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton’s project turned photobook turned international phenomenon. But that became even harder this week when Stanton took the project on the road with the UN and delivered some of his most powerful portraits from the streets of, not New York City, but Iraq. Read more…

Father Documents His Premature Daughter’s Fight for Survival from Birth to Age One

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Thanks to an infection, little baby Edie started her life 16 weeks earlier than she was supposed to, and in pretty bad shape. When she arrived, she weighed only 570g and a consultant told the family that she had between a 5 and 10 percent chance of survival.

And so, not knowing how much time he would have with his daughter, father David started taking pictures. Little did he know, he was documenting a fight that Edie would win, and a miraculous transformation in the process. Read more…

Photographer Surprises Sick Fan for His Birthday, Shows Up in a Box on His Doorstep

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Photographer Benjamin Von Wong recently took some time out of his incredibly busy schedule to warm our hearts and give a talented, chronically ill fan of his the birthday surprise of his life. Read more…

Video: An Adorable Photowalk Proposal that Will Melt Your Heart

When wedding photographers Maria Velasquez and her boyfriend Ulices Del Toro started planning their second Laguna photowalk, she had no idea that he had something much bigger in mind than just walking around and snapping pictures. Read more…