Innocent Creature

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a writer based in Rochester, N.Y. Hank has had several close friends and family members struggle with mental illness. He lost a brother to suicide. Photography is a great escape during hard times, and during good times, a pure joy.

About this photo: “This photo, taken in a local park shortly after we got a puppy, captured my feelings about bringing an innocent creature into a world with so many dark currents. At the time, friends close to me were struggling with severe mental illness. Things are much better now, but this definitely captured my views at that time.


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6 thoughts on “Innocent Creature

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  1. Very interesting, this one. Even without the description I can get a sense of the vulnerable creature in dark surroundings. That slightly off angle is great.


  2. I also lost a brother to suicide. What strikes me about this photo is how remote and inaccessible that warm friendly dog appears. And the glimmer of hope in his glance back, as if he is saying, “Come on, you can do it.”


  3. Great picture , captures the loneliness and vulnerability we sometimes all feel. Like the use of black and white, makes the photo more haunting and profound. Keep taking the pictures:)


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