15 Shots That Have a Powerful Story Behind Them
You must have heard the idiom that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” While that is true, sometimes a picture hides a much more meaningful story than it actually shows. This means that it can cause greater sadness and deeper emotions when the story behind it is revealed. There have been many cases in history where people searched for the story behind a photo and were amazed at what they discovered.
Weird World collected 15 photographs that might bring tears to your eyes.
1. Mourning for 60 years
Clara Gantt had been waiting for 60 years for her husband to come back home from the Korean War. Joseph E. Gantt was a sergeant and went missing while in action and his remains were found and returned to his wife in December of 2013. Clara was still mourning the loss of her husband, 63 years after he left for the war.
2.This is the face of climate change
Photograph captured in Canada’s Arctic has offered a devastating look at the impact climate change is having on polar bears in the region, showing an emaciated bear clinging to life as it scrounged for food on iceless land.
The photo shows the bear struggling to walk as it searches for food. The bear eventually comes across a trashcan used by Inuit fishermen, rummaging through it with little luck. The bear, which was not old, probably died within hours of being captured on video, said Nicklen. ‘This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death.’
3. The last male white rhino to ever live
On March 19, 2018, Sudan, the last male Northern white rhino died in the hands of wildlife ranger Joseph Wachira. He lived a long and healthy life in the conservancy after he was brought from a safari in Kenya. He died of age-related complications and his last minutes were very peaceful, surrounded by people who loved him.
4. Sleeping next to him for the last time
LT. James Cathey was killed by an explosion in Iraq. His wife, Katherine Cathey, was pregnant at the time and she requested to sleep next to his casket. Her wish was granted and during the night, she played her and her husband’s favorite songs.
5. Feeding an orphan kitten
A US Marine, who remains unidentified, was photographed feeding a baby kitten who had lost its mother. The photo was taken after a heavy mortar barrage near Bunker Hill during the Korean War.
6. Recovering from a face transplant
Katie Stubblefield was once in a very dark place and she shot herself in the face in an attempt to end her life. After 3 years of waiting for a face transplant, the grandmother of Andrea Schneider decided to donate her grandson’s face. After 31 hours in surgery, Katie was given a new face, but her recovery still had a long way to go.
7. A dog stays motionless on his owner’s grave
Cristina Maria Cesario Santana was one of the many people who died during the 2011 catastrophic landslides in Brazil. Her dog is photographed here laying on her grave for the second consecutive day at a cemetery near Rio de Janeiro.
8. Crying after meeting his family after 60 years of separation
After 65 years of separation, North Korean and South Korean families were reunited in August 2018. Red Cross officials gave lists of families to be reunited and this man’s name was one of them on these lists. At this moment, he had already met his family again and was heading back to his home.
9. The scratches in an Auschwitz gas chamber
Men, women, and children would be undressed by SS officers and put in gas chambers. After a certain number was locked in, the officials would release the Zyklon B gas, which would slowly start to poison the people. This image shows the nail scatches that people left on the walls in an effortless attempt to escape.
10. A man embracing his dog who died from smoke inhalation
The picture, posted by a Reddit user, was taken just after firefighters brought her out of a burning house. As flames engulfed the dog home, over 30 firefighters battled to control the blazing inferno. After hearing dog barking in panic at the height of the blaze, the firefighters broke in to rescue the dog. This man was devastated when his dog collapsed due to smoke inhalation.
11. Migrants try to stay afloat after their boat was destroyed near the coast of Malta.
134 immigrants were on a boat when it started sinking. The NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), which is based in Malta, rescued all of them and got them to safety. One of them was in particular agony (you can see only his hand), since he probably didn’t know how to swim. The photographer screamed to alert the rescue specialists, who rushed to pull him from the water.
12. An 8-year-old holding back tears at his dad’s funeral
This 8-year-old boy lost his father at war and in this picture, you can see him trying to hold back his tears when being given the American flag that would be laid upon his father’s casket. The picture went viral and is usually shared again and again during American patriotic holidays, including Memorial Day weekend.
13. A 12-year-old girl trapped after a volcano eruption
Omaira Sanchez was a 12-year-old girl who was trapped for 3 days in mud, water, her dead relatives, and the debris of her house after the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupted in 1985. The photo was said to be taken only a few minutes before the girl died of a heart attack. Many people criticized the photographer for not doing anything to save the girl. The photo was published a few months after her death.
14. Playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral
Diego Frazão Torquato was just a poor Brazilian child who saw his life come around when his teacher taught him to play music to escape the violence and poverty through his talent. In this image, this child is playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral.
15. Drunken Father
This image has very little information about it. The image shows a desperate kid is trying to wake up his alcoholic father. The image shows the level of desperation in the child’s eye who is unable to wake up his father but still trying to do so in hope.