Air: Capturing a Woman’s Final Days

Oh wow. This is just one of the most beautiful things I’ve read and seen in a long time. I felt immediately drawn in because of the photo of the woman with the breathing tubes– it reminded me of my grandmother who I lost a year ago. I was there by my grandmother’s side at the end, and while it was one of the most difficult times in my life, I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. These photos, this story… a must see and read. Incredible.

Jess Dewes

On January 30th, 2014, a woman walked into my photography studio carrying a tote bag full of oxygen tanks and jewelry. She smiled at me from under the hose that disappeared into her nostrils and I fell for her instantly.

On film, first meeting, 1/30/14.

A few months prior to the day Julie VonderHaar came to my studio for a portrait, I was invited to be part of a group photography show at a gallery called SOHA in South St. Louis, MO.  I was informed that the theme of the exhibit was simply AIR. Each photographer (8 total) was to interpret the theme however they liked and create something for the show. As a businessperson, exhibiting in shows like this is rarely lucrative, but the artist in me couldn’t resist the opportunity to stretch a bit beyond my work portfolio of baby portraits, corporate head shots, and wedding documentation.

I knew…

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