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Alzheimers: Losing little bits and pieces of me
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vawendy


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Challenge: Symbolic Still Life (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2011 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Date: Jun 14, 2011
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2011


[Jun. 16th, 2011 11:44:15 AM]

The title comes from a letter posted on an Alzheimer's board:

Losing my mind and possibly my friend

If you have a family member who has any type of dementia, you know what an incredibly difficult, terribly scary, horrible time it can be.

The title says it all.

This is dedicated to the people and the families living with dementia.

Thanks for the votes, but thanks even more for the comments. This means a lot to me.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 86
Avg (all users): 6.8118
Avg (commenters): 7.9286
Avg (participants): 6.4048
Avg (non-participants): 6.9453
Views since voting: 4362
Views during voting: 363
Votes: 170
Comments: 58
Favorites: 3 (view)


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08/10/2014 07:14:22 PM
Years may have gone by since this challenge entry, but I still often think of this image. I'll never forget the overwhelming feeling of both sadness and distress it gave me.

It resonates even more now that my grandma is dealing with dementia/Alzheimers. I recently visited her and she didn't recognize me for several minutes which left me in absolute shock and with such a strong feeling of emptiness.

Thanks, yet again for this image. It'll be forever memorable to me.
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07/10/2011 07:42:23 AM
powerful image, perfectly executed, congrats on the blue
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06/27/2011 02:01:52 AM
Such a good interpretation of the subject.
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06/26/2011 02:31:54 PM
Imazing
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06/26/2011 12:32:30 PM
Beautiful image. Congrats on the ribbon Wendy.
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06/24/2011 10:09:58 PM
Congrats, Wendy. A very poignant analogy.
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06/24/2011 07:16:45 PM
simply beautiful,yet such a powerful message.well done
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06/24/2011 04:20:09 PM
Wendy...again? LOL. Congrats!
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06/23/2011 12:30:55 PM
Wendy I would like a print of this, my mom has Alzheimers and this photo says it all.
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06/22/2011 10:20:13 PM
WTG Wendy! Killer finish for a killer idea, well executed.
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06/22/2011 08:16:42 PM
Nicely done. Maybe a tad too dependent on the title but in combination it's very effective. I like the raw quality. Had you made this look perfect it probably would have scored better, but at the same time resulted in a sterile image. We have too many of those.
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06/22/2011 02:20:21 PM
Congrats! Well done.
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06/22/2011 12:27:49 PM
Fantastic idea. I love the strong contrast, it is a symbol by itself. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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06/22/2011 12:25:58 PM
Congratulations, a worthy winner.
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06/22/2011 11:45:04 AM
Congrats! Powerful photo
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06/22/2011 11:08:24 AM
Congratulations! Well deserved blue.
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06/22/2011 10:43:11 AM
Was gone yesterday and last night didn't see this contest end. Congratulations Wendy!!! Still very touching!!!!
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06/22/2011 10:08:04 AM
Congrats, a lovely sentiment. Symbolism is spot on. At first, I didn't like the floating vase, but it is actually a nice touch...patient's with AD can feel isolated in their own mind.
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06/22/2011 09:32:23 AM
You're on a roll babe!

I recovered from my op in an after care place which also houses old people with issues. I met a few people with dementia there and that contributed to my massive paradigm shift. Thanks for sharing a very special creative moment with us.
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06/22/2011 09:19:35 AM
Congratulations on the very well deserved blue!
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06/22/2011 08:36:46 AM
You couldn't have captured it better. WOW congrats!
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06/22/2011 07:42:39 AM
very, very well done...having had a mother that suffered from Alzheimer's this is very visual. Congrats
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06/22/2011 07:41:24 AM
What a beautifully symbolic image. It deserves the blue, and also to be shown in other venues.
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06/22/2011 07:40:39 AM
Very well done, Wendy. Grats on the blue!
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06/22/2011 05:58:13 AM
Well done, hits home...
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06/22/2011 05:05:09 AM
Ah Wendy.. Shouldve known. You are so talented! Congratulations on a beautiful ribbon!
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06/22/2011 04:57:02 AM
Congrats Wendy, loverly tonal image.
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06/22/2011 03:38:35 AM
Wendy, this image is so moving and very beautiful... I'm so glad it won.
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06/22/2011 03:14:47 AM
Well done Wendy, loved this shot.

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06/22/2011 03:01:50 AM
delicate, congrats on the bluey
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06/22/2011 01:57:51 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon ... but more importantly on creating a photo that creates a visual manifestation of the loss. Two aunts and one uncle died from complications of this disease so this photo touches me in it's beautiful simplicity that speaks volumes.
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06/22/2011 01:57:33 AM
Way to go, Wendy! This is well done and well deserved.
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06/22/2011 01:14:44 AM
Great win Wendy, there's just no stopping you.
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06/22/2011 12:56:19 AM
Way to go Wendy! I'm so glad you won blue with this shot.
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06/22/2011 12:37:04 AM
Glad this did well for you, as it is not often that shots that mean a lot do well with voters!
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06/22/2011 12:29:27 AM
Congratulations, Wendy. Very effective in its simplicity.
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06/22/2011 12:25:58 AM
Congrats!
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06/22/2011 12:23:25 AM
Not shabby at all. Just keep entering the ones you have doubts about and I think you'll keep winning.
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06/22/2011 12:22:04 AM
congrats Wendy, you rock
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06/22/2011 12:12:36 AM
Congratulations on the great image, Wendy. Beautifully executed.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/21/2011 07:22:55 PM
The image, along with it's title is very striking. Thank you for ncluding a petal mid-drop.
This is gorgeous.

ETA: You're the only image I gave a 9 to, which is the highest I gave. Don't know if you'll ribbon, but I love this, and IMHO, you deserve it.
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06/20/2011 10:53:03 PM
Front page.
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06/20/2011 08:47:33 PM
The leaves are a bit blown, but the composition has an elegance and the symbolism is quite simple and lovely.
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06/19/2011 08:30:19 AM
So apt! Well executed.8
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06/17/2011 09:31:30 AM
The flower may have lost half of its petals, but it still looks like a flower, smells like a flower, and probably makes people smile like only a flower could...
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06/17/2011 06:57:38 AM
Good image.
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06/16/2011 03:46:05 PM
I like that, even though I would consider this "still life," you were able to capture motion. Great job!
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06/16/2011 11:19:20 AM
nicely done
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06/16/2011 12:03:24 AM
A very powerful image, indeed, Wendy.
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06/15/2011 06:30:04 PM
:( Grandma had Alzheimer's. This image is a perfect illustration of Alzheimer's and it delivers a powerful message... What happens when the petals run out?
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06/15/2011 12:56:06 PM
A soulful rendition of a heartbreaking condition. Well done, Wendy! (no vote)
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06/15/2011 09:51:36 AM
Very nicely done, the falling peddle makes the shot for me
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06/15/2011 09:46:06 AM
Well done, more powerful with the title.
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06/15/2011 09:23:09 AM
great shot, symbolic in many ways, in love in general, or as you have placed it.
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06/15/2011 08:33:45 AM
Such a sad disease. Nice shot, top petals look a little blown. Like it.
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06/15/2011 03:01:49 AM
I like the lighting and contrast, very sharp photo.
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06/15/2011 12:41:27 AM
Very Touching very symbolic, I lost my Dad to Alzheimers and this is a wonderfu depection!
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06/15/2011 12:29:54 AM
wish I could vote on this, I really like your title. One of my favorites of the challenge for sure.
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