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thoughts on the loss by scottchurch thoughts on the loss by scottchurch
today was a hard day, i attended the funeral of a good friend, Melissa Hollely. she passed on sunday suddenly, she was only 28 years old.

my life, and i believe all of our lives, are made up of images. moments without captions that pass so quickly, but burn themselves into what becomes memories.

3 days ago she was ten years old, chasing her brothers and i down the street, trying so hard to show us her best somersault or handspring flip.

2 days ago, she was a strong confident young adult beeming and telling me all of her plans for the future

yesterday she was in my studio, a beautiful woman dancing and prowling like a cat, full of life and power and passion.

today she is gone.

i don't kinow what to say. goodbye little girl. i love you.
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LockeyLilith Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I stumbled upon this photo of yours today, and when I read the story along with it. Well it just broke my heart and I couldn't help but cry. 
justicespeaks Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Thank you for sharing this- the picture and the story
spannung Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
I'm really sorry. The picture is captivating but the facts are sad.

I don't know what to say.
gm2 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009   Photographer
Great capture of movement and dance.
Cloaked-Illusions Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Love is a powerful thing. It can be shown there beauty and friendship. Your friend appears to have been overflowing with love to the point that she could no longer contain it in her heart. This photo looks as if she is releasing this love to the world. Very powerful piece.
AzrielCross Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Your story deeply touched my soul. She is a beautiful woman, and remains that way forever in your heart. We feel the pain of our losses, but do our lost feel the same?

Amazing photograph.
Ada-Ada Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
It's a while since I last watched this photo and still she captures me. She is an angel. I can't help but stare at her.
haffouz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
i am in love with this photo
philfoto Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007   Photographer
Nice job, cheers
Taxisky Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
Sorry to hear about your lose. I realuy like this one, since i am an animator I always looking for movment and weight, in this one its a realy good pose in the way you can see that everything is floating in here as she is moving. Nice shot.. :)
PlaidTidings Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
The combination of such an expressive and eloquent photo, combined with your revelation of this model's story, actually got me teary-eyed. It reminds me of all the wonderful, beautiful, precious people I have had the chance to cross paths with, and how much I cherish the memories I have of each one of them.

Thank you for sharing this memory with us.
xSerenax Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a sad loss... such a wonderful moment. It's hard to comprehend how, why, when, and where such things will occur. But we always have our memories, and what better way to be then to be remembered? Isn't it the final sign of sadness, after all, in old age when memory is lost... A permanent memory in a gallery of beauty... She stands supreme, like the goddess Aphrodite/Venus.
phil--astori Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
terrible, good shoot
BowlsOfRain Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
Wow, that's really powerful, and beautiful. I'm sorry.
ALy17 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007   Photographer
My condolences!i`m so sorry :hug:...
and i think this pic will always remember you what a beautiful friend you had...
x-nick Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
she looks like an angel, and be sure she is!!
x-nick Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
i m really so sorry!!!
MonoLady Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
breath taking...
ultrafeel Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
Very energetic pic...however:

There is no life...and no death....just the eternal here and now...and right behind that - immense peace!
GothiquePhoto Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Professional Photographer
Sad to here of the loss of such a beauty. Lovely shot
Jezebells-Angel Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am now in tears looking at this- is that her?
This is a stunning, very cleverly taken image - containing incredible passion and emotion.
There is no more I can do than fave it and tell you how beautiful it it, and how sorry I am for your loss.
Dokidoki-rin Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
I just love the movement shown in this photo.. Beautiful! I'm sorry about your friend.
DuckyQueen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
This is a FUCKING AMAZING picture! your comment was so sad! my favorite great grandma (nanny) died some years ago and it was like i had only know her for so long!
Iron-Heart-Vulture Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006   Writer
for this we give our hearts to you,
so many broken, but the same.
for this we cry these tears for you,
for your eyes, passion, and flame.
though an image is all we have,
we weep without knowing your name.
though we'll never hear your voice,
your memory will forever stay.

she is beautiful. she is an angel.
hiddenMe0 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
:sadangel:...and grrreat photo btw...
SolarStorm Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional Artist
Tears here my friend ... very sad, honest tears .... for all those that she touched & changed .... with a very humble heart & with the greatest of wishes that my little Artists heart can muster ....

Blessings, Love & Respect ....

pavkovic Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
Here she loks so strong and self confident, pitty :(.
oOnty Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006
Wow, very moving. You made me cry. But in a good way.
BloodyBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
that is an extremely heart wrenching story. i welled up reading it for the first time.
what a beautiful capture. she is immortalized
LovittGirl Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
A wonderful tribute to her. A powerful photo, full of life. There is no better way to commemorate her life.
Sindle Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
Beautifully shot and what a dynamic person in the image. The very best way to remember someone, so alive and vibrant.
Denny8448 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
You have great talent in general but this is truly a wonderful piece of art. What better way to remember her and share her short but so obviously beautiful life with the world.
stub Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
My condolences and good wishes go your way. I know this feeling much too well.
AuroraDark Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Touching... :(
New-Beginning4 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006
Lots may have say this already but...

That's beautiful, made my heart skipped a beat!
CKYgirl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006
:( I'm so sorry. :hug:

Your description and photo are beautiful.
k1t10 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006
aw you brought tears to my eyes, and such an emotional picture. beautiful
scrumptrulescent88 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006
that's so sad... it's a beautiful photograph though.
ElvenRanger Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006   Photographer
Oh, I'm so sorry...this is a beautiful portrait of her though... so full of life and energy. It's a wonderful tribute to her.
sean723 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006
wow. i'm speachless
thegrandbazaar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006   Photographer
I'm sorry for your loss.. a wonderful capture of a very special moment in time. hold on to it, it's yours for eternity.

indig0kid Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
the lighting is wonderful and i love the movement this shot has =)
Wolfy182466 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006
very nice picture. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.
Yousry-Aref Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Rockonteddy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
beautifull sentiment ....... made me cry! ......
A sad loss by wonderfull memories ........
Don-Juan-Gmez Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006
I would have to say that I tend to follow alot of your work...This is an amazing piece....Sorry about your loss and keep yr head up
Muskeg Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006   Photographer
A touching tribute. I am sorry for your loss.
REDPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006   Photographer
looooooove the emotion and the meaning.
themobius Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
Crap...that is way too young. The image and words are beautiful.
sunpixs Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
im very sorry for your loss, im sure she will be trerribly miss. just looking at your shot and reading what you have said brough tear to my eyes.

take care yourself, hope you continue making more happy memories.

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