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