In isolation at least, none of the photographs in this essay is particularly powerful (in my opinion) - and there’s something inescapably cheesy about a photographer captioning photographs as though they were the thoughts of a pet dog. Yet put the story told via the captions and the sequence of photographs together and you end up with something incredibly moving.
“I Died Today” is a touching photo chronicle of the final day in the life of Duke, a dog who had to be put down on account of bone cancer.
Apart from serving as a little encouragement to try enjoy every day to the fullest, this photo essay reminded me of the power a story can give to a series of images, and of the power that photographs can sometimes possess that is completely independent of high-brow aesthetic considerations.
"We didn’t realize it at the time, of course, but Dukey’s story has created this beautiful forum for people to share stories of their beloved pets who have passed away," she said. "Photographing [and] documenting Duke that day has really empowered people to find a way to cope and ease the pain of letting a pet go by celebrating them while they are still here."