Sunrise for Stephanie (Pink) by Luke Griffin

Sunrise for Stephanie (Pink) by 


Also available in plain, with no pink border.

ALL PROFITS FROM THIS PIECE WILL BE DONATED TO THE National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia.

February 9, 2011.
I learned last night (my time) that a former youth group leader of mine from the church I attended in my teenage years back in Australia lost her battle with breast cancer in the early hours of the morning (their time).

Her husband wrote the following:
“_After the mundane business of packing up and coming home. The boys chose to go to their own beds and I was left alone in ours. At 4:30 in the morning, in great sorrow, I decided that I wanted to watch the first dawn of my new life alone, Steph and I never watched a sunrise together (neither of us are morning people), so it seemed appropriate to sit and do so without her. I came out to the lounge, rearranged furniture to get the recliner in the right spot to watch the sun come up, grabbed my tissues, water and half a coke (more about that in a minute). I then sat there thinking of our life together and crying (as you do) as the sky lightened before me._

I wanted to just sit and remember Steph alone, but I’m a single parent now, it was not to be. I heard Chris crying and went to be with him for awhile. Then he came and joined me and we watched the sun come up together as Jon slept on. Just before the sun rose I took the half can of Coke that Steph had left from Monday and finished it. I don’t usually drink Coke, but I wanted to have a last drink with her before the dawn of my new life without her. It was a fairly dismal kind of sunrise, the sun was behind the clouds, so while the colour and light was there, the sun couldn’t actually be seen. Somehow, that seemed kind of appropriate too. There will be brighter sunrises, just not today."

Reading this last night moved me to tears and today I woke with the resolve to capture the dawn of the same day, 9 hours later, as it broke over the alps and Lake Zug, here in Switzerland. My own small gesture towards Steph’s memory and my gift to her husband and 2 teenage boys in this very difficult time.

I hope you like it and will help me in supporting research that will save lives.

Thanks for looking.


*Photograph taken with Nikon D7000, 18-55mm Nikkor lens @ 18mm, iso100, f/5.6, handheld. Final processing in PS CS4. HDR created from 1 raw image tone mapped in photomatix , topaz denoise and final processing in PS CS4.

Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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  • RickDavis
    RickDavisabout 4 years ago

    This is very pretty Luke,,,Rick

  • Thanks Rick. It was Steph’s husband’s idea to put the pink border there for folks who like it to signify breast cancer awareness.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaabout 4 years ago

    Yes this is very beautiful Luke…the picture boarder looks great…a very calming photo…I love the color pink!!! Renee

  • Thank you Renee.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 4 years ago

    Reading your friends husbands words made me cry…so sad….So sorry for the loss of your friend…and the deep loss of your friends family…Thank you for sharing Luke :-)

  • Thank you Carol, I know your condolences will be very much appreciated.

    – Luke Griffin

  • shadesofcolor
    shadesofcolorabout 4 years ago

    Hi Luke, very sorry for the loss of your friend, prayers go out to the family in their time of great sorrow, a very touching letter. Beautiful sunrise….Michael

  • Thank you kindly for your words and prayers Michael.

    – Luke Griffin

  • webbie
    webbieabout 4 years ago

    So sorry for there loss, Great tribute to your friend and loved ones.There in my prayers.

  • Thank you Webbie.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...about 4 years ago

    Very respectful of you, Luke. I see this suffering in my “day job” in the operating room and hearing stories like your friends, still moves me. May God bless you all and may peace be found in the sorrow.

  • Thank you Joe. I can’t comprehend having to deal with these sorts of things on a daily basis. My hat’s off to you mate. Thanks again.

    – Luke Griffin

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 4 years ago

  • Cheers Ann.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Klah718
    Klah718about 4 years ago

    I was going to say something like Stunning Colors, comment on how the pink frame really makes the whole photo pop & how you chose to benefit such a great cause but then I got caught up reading the story behind it and decided there were really no words to describe the beauty of this photo now! So much thoughfullness went into capturing this moment in time and that alone is beautiful!

  • Many thank yous Kayla.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariabout 4 years ago

  • Cheers Kathy.

    – Luke Griffin

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