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Wed Oct 8, 2014, 09:45 PM

"Powerful Portraits Of Individuals Before And Directly After Their Death"


What do we leave behind. This reminds me. I need to smile more.



http://www.featureshoot.com/2014/09/walter-schels/


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Reply "Powerful Portraits Of Individuals Before And Directly After Their Death" (Original post)
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2014 #1
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #5
Xipe Totec Oct 2014 #2
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #6
orleans Oct 2014 #3
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #4
brer cat Oct 2014 #7
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #9
riderinthestorm Oct 2014 #8
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #10
sakabatou Oct 2014 #11
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #12
Curmudgeoness Oct 2014 #13
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #14
Curmudgeoness Oct 2014 #22
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #24
magical thyme Oct 2014 #15
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #16
Skittles Oct 2014 #17
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #18
Skittles Oct 2014 #19
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #20
joshdawg Oct 2014 #21
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #25
left-of-center2012 Oct 2014 #23
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #26
hotrod0808 Oct 2014 #27
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #29
ailsagirl Oct 2014 #28
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #30
ailsagirl Oct 2014 #31
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #36
defacto7 Oct 2014 #32
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #33
Arugula Latte Oct 2014 #34
AllenVanAllen Oct 2014 #35

Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Wed Oct 8, 2014, 10:44 PM

1. These are truly marvelous, my dear AllenVanAllen!

I don't really have the words for just how good these portraits are.

Thank you for sharing them with us.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 02:41 AM

5. thank you



my dear peggy.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 02:45 AM

6. rotten tomatoes gives it an 80%


i'll have to check it out. i trust rotten tomatoes. yeah, i just said that.
thank you!

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 01:18 AM

3. this brought me to tears:

"I never paid any attention to clouds before. Now I see everything from a totally different perspective: every cloud outside my window, every flower in the vase. Suddenly, everything matters.”

Name: Wolfgang Kotzahn
Age: 57
Born: 19th January 1947
Died: 4th February 2004, at Leuchtfeuer Hospice, Hamburg

his words "suddenly, everything matters" is lingering, haunting almost, it's poetry, and devastating, inspiring, emotionally explosive, and a glimpse into the divine.

"suddenly, everything matters" is how life should always be, is never how life is because we haven't got the time in our adult-minded day-to-day; it is how life was when we were children and, for some of us, how life becomes when given the time to contemplate our soon-to-be departure from all that surrounds us.

his words--"suddenly, everything matters"--makes me weep

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Response to orleans (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 02:39 AM

4. "suddenly, everything matters"


yes, it's makes you weep because it's beautiful. profound truths always are.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 09:44 AM

7. These are quite stunning, AllenVanAllen.

The relaxation of the face gives such a peaceful appearance. It could truly make one fear death less to look at these remarkable photos. The artist is to be commend for undertaking this project. Thank you for sharing.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 03:47 PM

9. thank you for stopping by to check them out, brer cat.


i felt i had to share.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 12:18 PM

8. I was transfixed! Studied every one. Thanks for this, they are amazing nt

 

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 03:48 PM

10. thank you riderinthestorm!


love your name by the way.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 03:55 PM

11. Michael Lauermann looks like he's smiling

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 04:45 PM

12. he does sakabatou.



i hope to have a smile burned onto my face by the time i'm done with this body.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 09:36 PM

13. That was so powerful.

All the stories were moving. But this really hit me because of the truth in it:

“No one asks me how I feel”, says Heiner Schmitz. “Because they’re all shit scared. I find it really upsetting the way they desperately avoid the subject, talking about all sorts of other things. Don’t they get it? I’m going to die! That’s all I think about, every second when I’m on my own.”

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #13)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 10:13 PM

14. i think sometimes people just don't know what to say or do. i've found that to be so true

since my wife's suicide even close friends and loved ones seem to not really want know how i really feel or what i'm going through. it does feel like it may be scary for them to hear the answers. i do understand and i love them all.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Reply #14)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 11:17 AM

22. I agree. It is difficult to talk about.

I remember when my mother died, and we were very close since she shared the house with me. It was about six months later, and I ran into a man who we knew who is considered mentally handicapped. He gave me a hug and asked me how I was doing with the loss, and I realized that this was the first time anyone had asked me how I was doing, or seemed willing to know. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciated that, and it gave me a new respect for this man and for how little credit we give to the mentally challenged. It also has made me be the one who will always ask how someone is doing. It matters. It is such a small thing to do, but rare as hen's teeth.

I am sorry that you lost your wife. That must have been devastating to you.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #22)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 10:22 PM

24. thank you so much Curmudgeoness


she died shy of our 20 year anniversary. we were married 18 years and it's been the hardest 5 months of my life. there have been little things, small acts of kindness from loved ones and strangers that have helped me through. the pain has been more than anyone should ever have to take but i'm still flyin. i still have hope in this place.

i'm sorry for your loss. that we shared such love with them makes us lucky. thank you.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 10:17 PM

15. “Everything that’s not real is stripped away,” he told The Guardian,

 

“You’re the most real you’ll ever be, more than you’ve ever been before.”

Jan Anderson, in particular, has such a beautiful, gentle smile.

Thank you for posting this.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #15)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 10:28 PM

16. thank you magical thyme



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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 10:34 PM

17. my mum died of cancer but she looked like she was sleeping

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she didn't look any different at all to me, and that is good

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Response to Skittles (Reply #17)

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 11:15 PM

18. to see her peace reflected in a tangible way...



i could see how that would bring a measure of comfort.

i'm sorry for your loss skittles

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Reply #18)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 04:07 AM

19. aw thanks

she was a Brit who had been so looking forward to the royal wedding (2011) and just missed it - we kept the TV on in her room and I like to think somewhere deep in her brain she could sense it

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Response to Skittles (Reply #19)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 04:33 AM

20. i would suppose no matter what state were in we can feel love.



i like to believe love's a natural universal force, just like life.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 05:00 AM

21. Peace. They finally found peace.

And it shows in their countenance. I saw it first-hand in my Mom in January of 2013. She was 90.
Thank you so much for these photos.
I especially liked the comment of one of the posters so much I had to repost it here:

"Parents procreate and therefore will death upon their offspring. I have to die someday simply because my parents chose to breed. The best way to avoid death is to prevent birth. I dislike death so much that I've chosen to never will it on another human being by imposing the death sentence of life. Also, neuter/spay your pets! Life is a horrible wrath to pass down!"

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Response to joshdawg (Reply #21)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 10:26 PM

25. in the end we all want peace.



i love life even with all this suffering to me it's a fair price to pay to experience the attainable joy of this existence. i still think that even in its darkest depths life is still so miraculously beautiful.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 05:18 PM

23. Thanks for sharing

As a retired hospice nurse I've been reading a lot lately about Nearing Death Experiences*
and enjoyed your post very much.

*Experiences people have as they approach death.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #23)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 10:30 PM

26. thank you left-of-center2012



thank you for doing such an important line of work. i can scarcely imagine what it might have been like.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 12:05 AM

27. I took pictures

of my daughter on the table when she died back in March. Her short life on this planet was all machines, alarms, and buzzes. Like prior commenters said, she was at peace. They did not make me feel better, but I just wanted some pics of my baby finally at peace.

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Response to hotrod0808 (Reply #27)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 01:57 AM

29. i'm so sorry for your loss hotrod0808


i imagine what's it's like to lose your baby girl. the depth of this pain must be crushing. my heart goes out to you.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 01:01 AM

28. Very powerful

I like what one man said (in part):

...each day that I have I savor, experiencing life to the full. I never paid any attention to clouds before. Now I see everything from a totally different perspective: every cloud outside my window, every flower in the vase. Suddenly, everything matters.



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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #28)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 02:03 AM

30. i love that ailsagirl

being conscious, awake and aware of all of the beauty here. it's truly a precious gift.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Reply #30)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 09:47 AM

31. It truly is

The problem is that we human beings are almost hard-wired to take things for granted and I believe we need to make a conscious decision to "smell the roses" as we go through life. It's an ongoing project for me but I'm seeing some progress.

And there is so much to be grateful for-- so much.

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #31)

Mon Oct 13, 2014, 05:32 PM

36. "I believe we need to make a conscious decision to "smell the roses"

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Sun Oct 12, 2014, 02:19 AM

32. Very insightful!

There is another group of pictures on that site that show children from around the world showing their most prised possessions. It is also quite moving.

http://www.featureshoot.com/2013/03/photos-of-children-from-around-the-world-with-their-most-prized-possessions/

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #32)

Sun Oct 12, 2014, 03:29 PM

33. thank you defacto7!



i love that series! wonderful find.



thank you!

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Original post)

Sun Oct 12, 2014, 04:03 PM

34. The little baby looks like she was transformed into a doll in death.

 

Amazing.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #34)

Sun Oct 12, 2014, 04:11 PM

35. that's so spot on.



her visage is so doll-like.

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