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Sorrow by dolphinkist

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First Memorial Day after my cousin was killed in Iraq when the helicopter he was riding in (on his way to the air base to come home for leave) was shot down.
First Leave his buddy had after returning himself.

I took this picture very hurridly…it felt like I was doing something wrong…intruding on his grief even though it was a perfect outward display of the grief I had inside me. It was such a private moment, how dare I thrust myslef into it? However, it was a powerful moment. I wanted to remember how he honored Dan, how he felt, how it made me hurt, how it made me proud, how it made me feel a little closer to my cousin.
I’m glad I took the shot. It isn’t the best color, angle, or framing, but it’s one of the most important shots I’ve ever taken.
It will always remind me…and him…of that sorrow.


  • pixie3
    pixie3about 6 years ago

    My goodness this is the biggest heartfelt picture I have ever seen. My heart is crying for you and his friends and family.

  • pixie3, thank you for your words.
    This is one of my “best” pictures not because of the composition or color or anything that makes a “good photo,” but because of the simple emotion, the truth of it, the memory and what it symbolizes to me. I am honored you found it important.

    – dolphinkist

  • kimie
    kimieabout 6 years ago

    arrrr bless him, very emotional pic, dolp, although I am English , I also have a Nephew in the US Army, he,s out in Iraq now. A very poinient capture dolp. God Bless your cousin x

  • kimie, thanks for the comments!
    May your nephew stay safe. I thank him for his service and will keep him in my thoughts.

    – dolphinkist

  • anneasterling1
    anneasterling1about 6 years ago

    as a military wife, this touches me so deeply! this is so beautiful and sad. congrats on your feature this piece soooo deserved it. i love it very much!

  • dolphinkist
    dolphinkistabout 6 years ago

    Thank you, Ann. I love that it’s relavant to you as a military wife because I only mean to honor all soldiers for their sacrifices (especially having to leave their loved ones for so long). I appreciate your husband.

  • invisible
    invisibleabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful thoughts and shot ! Kind regards, Andre

  • Appreciate your comment, Andre. Thanks!

    – dolphinkist

  • Jessica Andrews
    Jessica Andrewsabout 6 years ago

    heartachingly sad

  • Jess, thank you. That’s what I feel when I see it. At least in part.

    – dolphinkist

  • Jonathan Bartlett
    Jonathan Bartlettabout 6 years ago

    wow. The story is so powerful. To hear about his grief and your grief and then almost “ruining” the moment by imposing a picture, but then to have him approve and ask for a copy….
    I am sorry for the loss of your cousin, he was a brave soldier I’m sure, and will forever be remembered.
    God Bless him and the rest of our troops.

  • Jonathan, your words are greatly appreciated. I guess I hadn’t thought about the story of taking the picture so much (that was a fight with myself). I hit roadblocks like that a lot, and usually I don’t take the photo.
    My thoughts join yours for our troops.

    – dolphinkist

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 6 years ago

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. The picture brings tears. My husband and I are both veterans and have lost friends in the line of duty. It is so painful. I will be praying for you and your family. God bless. Thank you for your service. XXX

  • Lori, thank YOU and your husband for your service. I’m happy you’re both safe and appreciate the sacrifices you made.
    Thank you for your wishes.

    – dolphinkist

  • webbie
    webbieabout 6 years ago

    So sorry hun for your lose…This will move any one to tears..My prayers are with you’ll ..huggggggz

  • Thanks, webbie. I…well, just thanks. I wanted to share an important part of my life and I guess it’s touching.

    – dolphinkist

  • michaelby3
    michaelby3about 6 years ago

    do not feel guilty for taking this picture.people need to see this.people need to understand what is happenning.people need to understand the true cost of thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.we must keep our troops in our hearts,always.

  • You’re right, michael. All loss is important. All service is important. At the very least I hope it reminds people to enjoy life and each other while we can…something I’m not very good at doing myself but want to do better.

    – dolphinkist

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