9 thoughts on “Jessica Martin”

  1. I like how your prints has so many details and so rich in color. The gesture of her arms in the second print is very interesting. They make me feel really bad for the lady though. Good job!

  2. These photos remind me of the Hannah Wilke series depicting her struggle with cancer. They are hard to look at, and at the same time very captivating. The second image is interesting on its own, since there are no clues as to gender, race, or even age. This, to me, makes it more personal to individual viewers, as if it could be someone close to them or a complete stranger.

  3. these are great images, great perspective. It’s such disturbing subject matter and it’s presented so factually, as if to say, “yes, this is how it is.” It’s sad and beautiful at the same time. nicely done. and if you know this person, I hope they are doing better or in a better place, because the cold suffering reflected here is heartbreaking.

  4. These two photos are very striking. The first one captures a very powerful emotion and makes me feel this woman’s pain. I really like the perspective of the second photo. It lets the viewer see the woman’s arms entirely, and all of their discoloration.

  5. Both of these images are effective in their use of emotion. The second has a more pleasing composition. They work work well as a diptych, one on top of the other. The shirt or gown matches up completely from the top to the bottom images. This helps them to flow together. Good use of color.

  6. These are so haunting. It seems like these were done in a very impersonal way; they seem very much all about the facts of the thing, like you are choosing not to get too involved while also showing us this woman’s pain. It is written in the sag of her jaw, every wrinkle, every mottled patch of skin. So painful and beautiful at the same time.

  7. These images are so powerful. They brought me to tears. I feel like you are doing a great job showing the realness of a person going through this experience. There is a lot of detail and you have done a great job depicting the experience.

  8. I admire when people use photographs to simply show us something honest about the world, even if that means it is sad or something that people may not want to face. Showing someone a glimpse of what it’s like to be suffering, or a glimpse of what the lives or struggles of others is like may possibly the greatest power a photographer has. When I see this, I think about the person in the photograph, but also about what it would be like if that were my parent, or if I were the grandchild. I am a firm believer that empathetic experiences can be character-building, and a good thing for people in today’s arguably desensitized world. And this piece is unique in that its subject is androgynous, and race is unclear. This is a very special photograph in my eyes. I’ve spent a bit of time in hospitals, nursing homes, and various medical facilities and I would say that the way you handed lighting is appropriate.

  9. Such powerful, frank images. For someone who has been at a bedside such as this one it all comes flooding back: the shushing of the oxygen machine, the smells, the heartbreak. For someone who has not been there, the images accurately capture the details as the body is shutting down: the bruises, the discoloration, the dehydrated skin, the skeletal state. Death can be so cruel. Poor thing. The minimal use of muted color allows you to focus on this sad, sad condition.

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