Posted by
Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 7 April 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

I'm not much of a portraitist, but I do take quite a few snapshots of my family these days and every so often, one of them stands out from all the rest, such as this one of my 73-year old mother. (Alas, what's not evident from this photo is that she suffers of dementia, which is a common side effect of the rare brain disorder that took from her the ability to speak many years ago and will ultimately be the cause of her demise once she is no longer able to swallow. She always supported my photography and it's sad that now that I'm finally hitting my stride with it after all these years, she's no longer able to understand or enjoy it. Or if she does, express that to me.)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Very touching image.

7 Apr 2010 5:53am

Rags from Plano, United States

I feel for you. Chances are, she is really proud of you.

7 Apr 2010 3:15pm

alex centrella from California, United States

stunning portrait, i know what u are going through, my mother is 86 and suffers from Alzhiemers..

8 Apr 2010 3:33pm

Teresa from Michigan, United States

My prayers go out to you and your mother.

9 Apr 2010 1:07pm

mmb from United States

However distant your mother may appear upon first glance, she's still connecting with the world - her world being you. The direct eye contact says it all. That alone makes this a powerful image.

What makes this an exceptional image is the quality of natural lighting. Without it, you wouldn't have been able to capture another important element - the delicate strands of hair that cascade down her face. A happy accident, perhaps. I'm inclined to think it was simply meant to be. Excellent work, Jeff!

11 Apr 2010 6:17pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

It is a very good portrait! Wonderful light

14 Apr 2010 4:27am