Day 28 of 100, Hannover, Germany

This day’s unexpected encounter: premature twins.

These ones – a fragile handful – were sleeping sweetly in their incubators when we (Flemming, myself, and their mother) arrived, cushioned by their blankets and a mass of tubes and wires that were part of the infrastructure that kept them going, growing. They yawned and stretched and mewled like kittens when awakened.

I made pictures of them with their parents and grandparents, quite overwhelmed at our capacity to fight for those we love. And hoped that the pictures I made in such a short time, would hint at some sliver of that.


  1. Erin says:

    Wow! So special to be present for that!

    (Is it insensitive to admit that preemies look like aliens to me?)

    1. Charlene says:

      You know, I’ve not been around a whole lot of babies so these ones looked full person to me. They had no body fat, so their hands and faces were very much like adult ones – bone structure, veins, etc in full relief (skin was still very delicate though).

      To me, it’s regular babies that look somewhat otherworldly – facially indistinct and rather… bouncy.

      But yeah, i haven’t been around a whole lot of babies or young children, so my views on them are limited and odd (even i will admit that). I still think a lot about this encounter. It really was very, very special.

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