I see a lot of symbolism in this image; it is filled with elements that seem to be distinctly chosen for a purpose.
I feel as if I don't completely relate the situation that spurred this work, but I feel as if I do relate to the emotion it captures.
What a powerfully impacting piece this is; while the fact that the individual is long gone and the only sense of his story is the photo of his loved(?) one he's holding, the layout and the touches of brightness only amps up the tragic feel of longing and unfortunate without being forced. The soft concentrated focus of bright light on his backside and torso section, coupled with interesting flow of rainbow-toned liquid further into the distance also has a profound feel, that we are, in spirit like flowing water or liquid and that we should really live our best even when facing a desparate or ephermal state. A moral hidden within a memento mori inspired haunting elegy.
Carpe Diem. Sieze the Day.