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Times Photographer favorites: John Pendygraft shares his top photo from 2015

Tonya Cook poses recently with a police evidence photo taken the day she was attacked during her shift at North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center in 2012. "Everybody knows when you go to work in that environment you are never 100 percent safe," Cook says. "There's no security in these buildings at all...there aren't a lot of people who want to work there anymore because of the way these places are run."

[John Pendygraft | Times]

Tonya Cook poses recently with a police evidence photo taken the day she was attacked during her shift at North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center in 2012. "Everybody knows when you go to work in that environment you are never 100 percent safe," Cook says. "There's no security in these buildings at all...there aren't a lot of people who want to work there anymore because of the way these places are run."

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This picture was taken on a Polaroid style instant film that has been discontinued (Fuji FP-100B 4x5 for you photo geeks out there). The first reason I chose this picture is because the film was purchased by Bruce Moyer, this newspaper's former Deputy Director of Photography. He was a friend, mentor and someone I deeply admire. Sadly for all of us here at the Times, Bruce passed away before he could use the film, and it was given to me. I had 30 sheets that I decided to use for a year-long project on Florida's underfunded mental hospitals. This is one of them.

The second reason I chose this picture is strangely connected to the first. I think the portrait illustrates the idea that our past never truly leaves us, "good" or "bad." The day Tonya was attacked will always be a part of her present. Bruce will always be a part of ours.

 

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