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This photograph was chosen because the Elves think it is interesting and worthy of discussion. When participating in the Photograph of the Week forum, please offer a critique of the photo -- address its strengths, its weaknesses. Our nominating Elf commented "A beautiful moment, with an added story behind it." (Read Discussion)

Photographer's Request for Critique

Saying good-by

These are my girls...Sadie, on the right, went on a biscuit run last year...


Cris Ardelean , January 04, 2006; 03:45 A.M.

beautiful photo...congrats...cris

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Ninoslav Sohrab , January 04, 2006; 04:43 A.M.

Great Shot! 6/6

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Rich Read , January 06, 2006; 03:38 P.M.

Your picture says a thousand words. 7/7

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m saga , January 06, 2006; 07:14 P.M.

Very nice work.

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gianni ansaldi , January 07, 2006; 12:43 A.M.

great great photo

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Natasha Barabasha , January 07, 2006; 11:20 A.M.


Beautiful work! The tones, composition, timing, - breathtaking!

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David Cochran , January 08, 2006; 10:20 A.M.

Juan, this photo feels like a sculpture.

A tender moment that will last forever.


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S. M. , January 16, 2006; 08:28 A.M.

Very nice.

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Roy Lohr , March 02, 2006; 10:24 A.M.

Never say good-by. What a beautiful moment. Thank you for sharing it.

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Jim Adams , March 11, 2006; 10:03 P.M.

This photograph makes me so incredibly sad, I wish I had not seen it...but I have to compliment you on it.

This is so beautifully and hauntingly emotive, and the tones and details are flawless.

It is one of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen. I will see this image in my mind long after I have turned off the computer.

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Juan De Santa Anna , March 12, 2006; 02:02 A.M.

Thank yous

Thanks you all...it's still hard to respond to feed back on this image because of what that dog meant to me...I was befuddled because as a full grown man how much I wept when she went on her last biscuit run...ALL of the comments from the photographers I look to for inspiration make it easier for me to look at this image and deal...I really appreciate reading your comments...Photo.net is great because of all the people like you...thanks again. Juan

Darrell M , March 15, 2006; 08:20 A.M.

If I had to choose just one work of yours....this is it. One thing though-I saw it some time ago without looking at the title or reading the comments and when I read them today the photo changed somewhat. A part of me prefers 'Untitled' I won't say more because really this should be a one word critique. Sublime.

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Juan De Santa Anna , March 15, 2006; 06:56 P.M.

Thanks Darrell, I don't think I have never Not titled a image...mine or anybody elses!! I simply have too much fun at it...Thank you for your thoughts and comments...Juan

scott clarke , March 21, 2006; 08:16 A.M.

Been there done that to many times. Would not be in a condition to photograph such a day. So well done. Brings back sad feelings, but also great memories. Regards Juan.

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Ektor Coughanour , May 18, 2006; 12:05 A.M.


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David Cassidy , May 19, 2006; 08:23 A.M.

EXCEPTIONAL. I don't know how I missed this one before in your portfolio. It says so much, especially knowing the title. I can't find the words to describe how strong the feelings this image invokes in me.

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Tina Forget , June 12, 2006; 03:24 A.M.

Dear Juan:

I have been reluctant to comment on this because it stirs such emotions in me, and everytime I see it, my tears become unstoppable. I am such an animal lover, there simply aren't words to describe it. As always, you have the ability to capture the tenderness and deep emotion of the moment, and this image is no exception. The image itself is extraordinary. It holds such power over me, and tears my heart apart. I am spell-bound at the ability you have to create such a simple, beautiful image that can move me as incredibly as this one does. My mere words cannot deliver the justice this image deserves. You have my utmost respect, and I am grateful for your inspiration. Respectfully, Tina

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Carlo Ottaviano Casana , July 12, 2006; 12:49 A.M.

Wonderful -emotive- shot!!!

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Doug Berryhill , August 08, 2006; 08:25 P.M.

An absolutely beautiful shot. This is what photography can be.

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Bengt Ekelberg , August 17, 2006; 03:15 A.M.

Beautiful, intimate, emotional. Excellent tonality. Thanks.

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Stefania Ruzzi , August 23, 2006; 06:24 P.M.


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Esther Valentino , November 16, 2006; 04:25 A.M.

of a great love

heartwarming and heartbreaking picture, I must thank you for capturing that kind of love for the rest of us to see and feel again. It truly shows that unique and unbreakable bond the loyalty of such divine creatures establish with us, most defficient and less understanding counterparts. All the lines on the body of the woman and the shadows speak volumes of that attachment. You brought me to tears, constructive ones. What a great homage to your friend and to all our friends in four legs. It makes me want to aid more of those angels in shelters or in the streets waiting to make one of us happy, I shall do it in the memory of your girl.

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Carolyn D ( Santa Fe) , November 16, 2006; 08:06 A.M.

As I am writing this my heart is so very sad..If I did not read the caption I would be fine with this beautiful captured moment but now I am full of emotion. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Sara Picciau , November 16, 2006; 12:06 P.M.


magic and sweet photo

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Dana Gee , November 16, 2006; 01:05 P.M.

Agree - heart-stoppingly lovely and sad.

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Mel Legget , November 16, 2006; 03:37 P.M.

A stand-out among today's selection of the daily gallery sampling, recognized immediately as a "juan de santa anna" - -

Appreciating the energy and spirit of Eddy already from the photos of her, and you!, I can feel the power and connection in her forehead and hands, and I remember not a more poignant tete a tete ~ simply so dear.

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Ken McCarron , November 16, 2006; 05:04 P.M.

'That is the saddest photo I have ever seen' - a quote from my coworker as she walk off to go find a dog to hug. That photo touches anyone that has ever loved a pet and since art is meant to touch us visually and emotionally, I would say that photo is big winner! Great work! I am now going home to hug my 10 year old dog!

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Tiffany Brook , November 16, 2006; 07:35 P.M.

beautiful portrait of both of them. I like the crop and I love how much of them is revealed. Thank you for sharing this.

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Juan De Santa Anna , November 17, 2006; 11:22 A.M.

Thank-yous to all of you for your comments...another anniversary just passed...as you who love these critters as I do...know all the good memories of our buddies can keep the tide of tears ebbing...I am convinced there is a dowggie place where one day we'll all share in a feast of biscuits... together...again. Juan

Leanna Weber , December 14, 2006; 03:11 A.M.

excellent photo. very touching. Thank you, Leanna :O)

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Jan Kellgren , January 11, 2007; 03:39 A.M.

A wonderful pic! B/W works great here, as does the light.

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Barry Carlton , January 27, 2007; 02:25 A.M.

Great shot, Juan. I recognized your style immediately from the tiny thumbnail.

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John Kelly , January 27, 2007; 04:15 P.M.

Fine photo. I don't credit pets with the love people think they return, but I'd rather see more dog and less arm, and I'd like to see you tone down whatever you leave of the upper arm...draws way too much attention due to its whiteness. While you're at it you might kill that white line running up from the dogs head. It's a photographic image, meaning it's inevitably a visual manipulation, and I think the emotional responses are ignoring that, projecting their own schmaltz into YOUR representation of YOUR own experience, ignoring YOUR image.

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Lennart. K.V. Bardal. , January 27, 2007; 05:55 P.M.

A wonderful and emotional photo. What a sad moment.

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Les Baldwin , January 27, 2007; 09:46 P.M.

Wonderful Image!!

This is a wonderful image. My wife and I had to send or dog Sox to heaven last year. We just adopted Lola a ball of energy w/ Legs.

Please adopt when your heart can handle it.

Les Baldwin

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...

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Juan De Santa Anna , January 27, 2007; 11:48 P.M.

Of love..and photography

Jan, Barry, Leanna,Lennart and Les...thank you for your kind words and canine understanding...

John...Thank you for your comments as well...Although it's been a year since I have posted this image here....I have since printed this image many different ways...your suggestion about the door frame (white line) above my Sadie's head,I couldn't agree with you more. Since the momment I pulled the film from the cannister it has bothered me too. This was a hand held...last image on the roll...first time...shot on a Mamiya RBZ6x7 truely a beast to run around and shoot with....but to this day I am happy with this image....I disagree about the arm....Although I too would love to see more of my dog....the arm keeps me connected between the two who are saying good-by and keeps the viewer moving around the frame...The emotion is the connection between the two...and thats what I feel most have commented on here...

One of my reasons to make images is to provoke thoughts and emotions from those who choose to view them...Not everybody has experienced the love from a pet...and everybody experiences it differently...It has been my pleasure to experience it through the words (schmaltz)of those who have posted them here....that includes your words as well...

Although it's only a photographic image...as all of the images we view...we are allowed to interpet them as we choose...again...I really appreciate all those who have taken the time to do so here....Thanks for the visit...Juan

Russ Beinder , January 29, 2007; 01:14 A.M.

Let there be no doubt

As a dog owner who lost a beloved animal a year ago, the context of this image is unmistakeable even without the caption. I was troubled taking a photograph of my dog's last day, but did anyway. In the end I am glad I did, though it makes me sad everytime I look at it. I'm sure you will be able to look to this photograph for many years to come to remind you of how much she meant to you.

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Didem Gecegezer , June 21, 2007; 04:29 A.M.

great great photo, emotions..

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Lauren Partida , March 15, 2008; 02:12 A.M.

Looking at this brought back memories of several dogs, and loved horses in my life I have had to put down, that I adored more than many of my genetic family members. It brought a flood of memories that I thought I had adequately stuffed away, and found myself crying really hard..a really powerful image, Juan. You are an astoundingly good photographer. lauren

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Didem Gecegezer , April 01, 2008; 07:36 A.M.

What a lovely friendship... Perfect shot.

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Annemette Rosenborg Eriksen , April 15, 2008; 01:53 P.M.

A very emotional and strong photograph full of strong love and melancholy. Two beauties saying their last farewell- really heartbreaking which makes it powerful. I like when a photo has sth. to say. Best wishes Annemette

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Juan De Santa Anna , April 15, 2008; 10:37 P.M.

Annemette And Didem...Thank you for your thoughtful comments...Yes their beauty will be with me for a long time! Truly the two of you must be lovers of animals as well! Thanks again...juan

Hernest Ernesti Luchino , April 26, 2008; 02:11 P.M.


Wonderful!!The strongest emotion in photo net. A masterpiece.

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Pnina Evental , May 09, 2008; 12:52 A.M.

This is a very touching image as was already written, the light and emotion it conveys touches each of us, having dogs or other animals/pets. I lost my dog some years ago, I know the feeling very well, it is losing the best of friends.

Good light and very well composed.

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Linda Davidson , June 11, 2008; 10:54 A.M.

Juan, it isn't often that I tear up looking at an image. This one really did it for me. This is so tender, loving, sad and beautiful. An amazing capture of the deep love between human and dog.

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Tony Bowers , July 01, 2008; 10:32 A.M.

Saying good-by

I am new to photo.net and have not yet posted any of my work nor commented on anybody elses, but today I must comment. Saying good-by is nothing short of a masterpiece in photography -- perfection at its best! Your other works are good but this one is magnificent. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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Juan De Santa Anna , July 01, 2008; 10:56 A.M.

Tony, Linda, Pnina and Hernest.... Thank you for your kind comments...I too have a hard time not flooding my eyes when I revisit this image...still almost five years later...

This also is one of those images that makes me pull out the film camera and revisit the process of shooting with film...My Lilly dog of three years sits at my feet now...she was attacked this weekend by another dog...twice her size...a gapping hole in her neck...a bigger hole in her spirit...she'll be OK...Thank you critter lovers...Juan

jim paire , July 12, 2008; 04:09 P.M.

JUAN, I love this picture but it makes me want to cry ever time I see it and I have seen it many times. jim

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Juan De Santa Anna , July 12, 2008; 04:21 P.M.

Thanks Jim...me too.

Steve Lowther , November 03, 2008; 12:15 A.M.

Juan, I feel like I was treading on sacred ground here....

A Sacred Moment....

and I created this new rendition with the utmost reservation. However, I feel with some burning and vignetting and a bit of dodging on their faces that even more emotion comes to the surface, making the moment even more sacred.

Please let me know if you rather not have this particular critique here, and I will be glad to delete it.

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Juan De Santa Anna , November 03, 2008; 01:30 A.M.

Steve... thanks for asking...no I do not have problem with you playing around with this image...as i mentioned above I have printed this many different ways since I first posted it on P.nut... I too have burned the annoying white strips protruding from the the top of both heads...and the a little bit on the arms...I do tend to print with maybe a tad too much contrast...I like your version just fine as well...The last printing of this was on a metallic paper with a sepia treatment...The original was shot on film printed in the traditional wet dark room and still is one of my all time favorites...Just this last couple of months I have been venturing a way from the traditional white mats...rarely do I shoot to post on the web only...I try to print most of what I shoot...at least once...but I am far from reaching that goal...your choice frame around the image works ok for me...but until I have the full size print in my hand do I really think about the mat and the frame...The version I have hanging is a 20x 20 full bleed no mat on the metallic paper.....Thanks for taking the time to comment and I am glad you enjoyed the image...Oh by the way you have a very impressive portfolio as well! I 'll be visiting it more soon...juan

Brad Farlow , January 27, 2009; 06:17 P.M.


This image is what drew me to your portfolio from the beginning. I'm glad I came back and saw it again today. It is very powerful. Thanks again for visiting my portfolio as well.

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Vladimir Funtak , February 17, 2009; 02:06 A.M.

I was going home with a leash in my hand crying my eyes out...14 year old airedale with a mind of her own, so I think I can understand your feelings. It is exquisite photo my friend. Someone could say why dont you cry ower pigs, cows and chicken you have eaten..well, they have not been part of my life.

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Carlos H. , February 17, 2009; 12:37 P.M.

beautiful picture Juan. Strong. Very strong.

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Paul Goutiere , February 17, 2009; 08:44 P.M.

I have seen few images in my life that evoke what this piece does. Yes, it is sad but at the same time incredibly beautiful. Anyone who has lost a pet ( and who hasn't? ) will be touched by this. Thank you.

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Lech Dobrzanski , February 18, 2009; 08:13 A.M.

This is the first unmanipulated honest photo until I visit photo.net for the first time three month ago. Is it necessary to search archives to find such picture? The hair of women is realy like the one produced using aquaforta method or a relief from Roman coin. Dog looking at the distant point is wise and anticipating as if it can say come what may.

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Richard -- , February 18, 2009; 10:06 A.M.

Touching image.

I would have titled it: "Unconditional Love."

Thanks for sharing,


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Gary Bruce BOWEN , February 18, 2009; 08:27 P.M.

Very Rich

I love this whole series. Many I find are 7's. Really enjoyed. Thanks.

Gar (Montreal, CANADA)

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Andrew Protas , February 18, 2009; 10:19 P.M.

A wonderful photo! I had a black lab who was with me as I battled through two 48 week treatments to overcome a disease I was suffering. We spent so many late nights/early morns on the back door stoop - just her and I - where I'm certain we had the same mutual love, loyalty, and bond - and quite possibly the exact same embrace. So to say it brought back memories would be an understatement. My dog Sadie is now gone as well but not before I was forced from the home through a divorce when I never really recovered from the second treatment!

Dogs are family and to lose one is crushing. Sadie was the one and only dog that I actually saw cry as she had a tick in her ear that she would only let me work out - as she trusted me and only me. As she lied there for me a teardrop rolled down her cheek!

Sorry about the rambling - but thanks for the photo to take me back to a very difficult time in my life but with moments still dear in my heart.

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Alessandra Manzotti , February 19, 2009; 08:08 A.M.

this is a magnificent picture!! As Mila Kundera said:'Dogs are our link to paradise!" really touching!

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David Bell , February 19, 2009; 04:37 P.M.

Excellent shot. Made me think of the dogs I have lost in the past.

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aubouin gaby , February 19, 2009; 05:21 P.M.

going right to my heart...............coup de chapeau a l'auteur.

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Mike Nelson , February 20, 2009; 08:42 A.M.


Great capture of "The Moment"

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Beata Papierz , February 22, 2009; 11:35 A.M.

Great, toutching image, very impresive. Congratulations and regards.

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Jane Newhall , February 23, 2009; 05:25 P.M.

Juan, For those of us who love our "animals" as family and have had to go down this terribly, sad journey, your photo says it all. Just looking at this brings tears to my eyes, as I have two elderly "babies" now who may not be far from here. Black and white only adds to the incredible feeling of the moment because in real life, this is a black and white moment. I hope in sharing with us, you realize that even tho this is personally profound, you have touched us all. God bless......I'm sure those biscuits in heaven taste really good. regards, jnewhall

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Steven Kokensparger , February 27, 2009; 09:40 P.M.

This is an example of why you're one of my favorite photogs on this site. I love your images of your significant other they show your immense love for her. :)

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Senol Erdener , February 28, 2009; 04:59 P.M.

Excellent shot ... Very good B&W... lovely.

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sorin dirokko , April 03, 2009; 08:47 A.M.

Hola Juan

¡Tu trabajo es monumental! ¡es muy impresionante! ¡felicidades! 7/7 Lo tengo ya en mi imagenes favoritas! Saludos!

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Jim Puffer , April 16, 2009; 06:54 P.M.

Great testimony

The black by the dogs nose, the elbow, the forearm and top of their heads bring the viewer to their eyes, the heart of the picture. Wonderful capture. A great testimony to the gift dogs freely give to humans.

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Caleb Invidiata , April 17, 2009; 12:04 P.M.

Very moving photo! So much emotion in it!!

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Deon Van der Walt , April 26, 2009; 08:45 A.M.

...you touched my soul...

...after spending hours of surfing the net today, I came across this moment and after sending this note, I have to quit, because I feel satisfied after seeing this moving work. This is what I call: "capture the moment". Thank you for sharing this sacred moment - now she's in my heart as well, where she can join my other sacred moments and good-by's!!!

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Melanie Eastwood , May 05, 2009; 12:42 A.M.


I have sat and stared at this photo for ages, you have brilliantly captured every raw emotion all of us have experienced in owning a pet and when we have that moment where we have to say goodbye. How blessed we all are to share our lives with these wonderful animals, may we be worthy of them. Thank you for sharing.

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Gustavia Tirado , May 12, 2009; 09:59 A.M.

-you have a powerful mind-

Ms. De Santa Anna...to rate your work ..would be like rating Picasso! This photograph has everything a photograph should have. technically brilliant. But the emotion..the connection..and how most everyone can relate to the very language you are expressing here...that's devine! Your portfolio blew me away because even that showed your view on life..the beauty of life...from all angles. Your work leads the viewer to know you and love the person you really are. I've learned so much from you in 5 minutes...that's worth holding on to for a lifetime. I'm that moved.

thank you

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Emiliya Emilova , May 27, 2009; 02:57 P.M.

Very strong..and sad!!

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Antoni Tomadakis , July 01, 2009; 03:17 P.M.


thank you for taking this photograph and thank you for sharing it!

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