I guess this is one of those posts where I’m supposed to tout the power of photography, to congratulate myself and all of you for taking part in an art form whose immediacy can sometimes transcend the times and places it records. But, honestly, I don’t want you to think about photography, or art, or tech specs, or anything else that inconsequential, when you look at these photos. Just look at the photos; let them speak for themselves:
I doubt that there’s even one person reading this right now who hasn’t been affected by cancer, either through their own diagnosis or a loved one’s. We’ve all seen images of the ravaged bodies left in the disease’s wake, but it’s tough to capture the full human scope—from patient to family—of cancer. This, to me, is what makes Angelo Merendino’s photos so remarkable. It puts a human face in the final stages of his wife Jennifer’s life—not just her face, but Angelo’s, and their family, and of friends, and of love so palpable it practically jumps off the screen and kisses you on the lips before breaking your heart into tiny pieces.
Check out Angelo’s website for for more information on the project, and to see where the photos are currently on exhibition. A portion of the sales of these photos will be donated to The Love You Share, a non-profit Angelo started to honor Jennifer’s memory and provide financial assistance to cancer patients in need while they are receiving treatment. Photography’s fun and all, but this is important.
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