Photographer's Note

An angel was there...!

Do you believe in angels?
I was skeptical about such phenomenon till I developed this film.
I could swear she, the angel nurse, wasn't there when I was taking this picture.

The wise men say "The process of healing begins when the patient is touched by nurse. The doctor is there only to confirm that".

For all the nurses of the world - I dedicate this photograph.


Photo Information
Copyright: George Grabarczyk (Polonaise) (18354)
Date Taken: 1980-03
Theme(s): How close can you get., The ultimate encounters: Hospital, TE' Family Of Men [view contributor(s)]
Original date submitted: 2006-11-28 21:35
Viewed: 1044
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 60

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e30mike (187)
[2006-11-28 22:06]

Great shot, wonderful composition, and a sincere note to boot, very nice!

blankar (657)
[2006-11-28 22:11]

Hi George,
I wholeheartedly agree with Claire, I only will add that the face of a suffering woman takes my attantion more than the nurse, not only because of the focus but there is so much pain in her eyes, it is heartbreaking... I like the grain in your picture, it is as rough as the ride through the halls of hospitals.

sabyasachi1212 (17847)
[2006-11-28 22:53]

Hi George,
Strange things happen in life and this is perhaps one of those phenomenons that goes beyond our mundane understanding. The grains, the blur, framing everything is perfect but that that blank stare touches my heart.
With Greetings from India

alainh (24570)
[2006-11-29 1:57]

Hello George.


impossible say more after Claire. She perfectly speek about your fabulous picture.


jinju (22625)
[2006-11-29 2:18]

George, you are getting sappy and sentimental on us:) The ghost efect is indeed good and convincing, but I dont know if I buy the ghost story;) Its a very good shot, perhaps not QUITE as good as the first in your series (maybe its a good idea to post the best at the end to avoid comparisons?:)) but better than your 2nd, as it has more emotional content.

Ulishna (1704)
[2006-11-29 2:59]

Hello George,
I like you hospital's photos very much. Perfect history, very interesting moments.
Thanks a lot!

Furachan (14597)
[2006-11-29 3:31]

Another absolutely stunning shot, George, no ifs and buts - the gentle nurse in bokeh, the focus on the pained face of the prone patient. This is photography of the highest order, very muscular and compassionate.

nicoz (1312)
[2006-11-29 4:58]

Hi George,
From now on, I will not say clever as a fox, but clever as a Polonaise ;-) Amazing serie!

bantonbuju (34288)
[2006-11-29 5:05]

until seeing this photo i had some serious doubts about the angels...
what doeas the person laying on the hospital bad think when alone? when dealing with the pain? when trying to recall all the people he or she loved during the whole life? what about the things that could have been done better? or differently? or the things that were not done at all? if only the second chance could come...
what does the person thinks feeling the lips are stiff, dry, needing some water but the hands cannot move, the eyes can see the bottle, plenty of them but the arms are covered by the blanket, and they are useless because they are weak and the water is few meters aways from the bed...
and there is that bloody frame, why they put it up? is it my cage? they started to build the tent so that i cannot see the real world, just my memories? why?
and then the angel comes...
oh, i forgot - nice blur, and b/w, and...
dont you stop it!

riclopes (16627)
[2006-11-29 5:20]

Increadible series George. As you some times say, there's no words that can express the power of these images. Suddenly I remember the movie from Lars Von Triers, "Breaking the Waves" and I feel the strengh of that artist here. More than the ghost of the nurse, I'm quite impressed by that expression of the patient. A divinal shot!

Fakir (985)
[2006-11-29 8:32]

Really perfect idea and superb result. And the DOF is here really surprising. Another great photo. Regards.

pgorod (819)
[2006-11-29 9:31]


I'm really loving your "nurse" series. I hope you have more photos coming. Congratulations.

marknunnerley (1251)
[2006-11-29 12:52]

Excellent notes George,
and another good addition to the series. With the nurse being blurred it adds to the drama of the composition. A lot of people enjoying this series. Maybe you can create a theme at the end so others may come across such an excellent documentay.
Best regards,

Ber (3577)
[2006-11-29 15:58]

Nie rozumiem jak mozna miec powolanie do bycia pielegniarka a jednoczesnie podziwiam te osoby! Chcialabym byc niewidocznym obserwatorem tych Twoich szpitalnych ujec, tak jak zdaje sie ze Ciebie nikt nie dostrzegal. Ciekawa seria.

greg (2554)
[2006-11-30 4:00]

Beautiful, George.

mark88 (4353)
[2006-11-30 4:19]

Bardzo interesująca seria, zdjęcia są niesamowite ze względu na miejsce jak i klimat jaki uzyskałeś. Oglądając odnoszę wrażenie jakbyś był niewidoczny dla osób które uwieczniłeś na swoich fotografiach, może to Ty jesteś tym aniołem:)
Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

jlynx (6071)
[2006-12-01 5:56]

Witaj Jurek,
Properly, I wrote all at the previous photo, but it is proper to add what follows: splendidly you operate with the depth of the sharpness, beautifully you choose of hearth steering like this with the mood, the grain additionally adorns Your analogous photoes. I cannot miss the presence of famous Flektogona, but thus had not that this meaning but for Your skills. Super the work, the beautiful series.
Trzymaj siê,

jackart (962)
[2006-12-02 16:28]

Cześć George!

Co tu gadać - cała Twoja seria szpitalna jest super. Już sam nie wiem, które z tych zdjęć najbardziej mi sie podoba


designsoul (19059)
[2006-12-02 22:02]

Of course I do believe in them. They have helped me all over the place, in difficult parts of my life. They appeared. They guided me. They showed me gentleness and love.
Angels are messengers.

This shot stirs me... a dear friend is in hospital.
She told me of seeing angels by her bed.

The way this angel soars in from the left is beautiful in its motion blur. Even her hand is akin to a white feathered wing.

A beautiful work, George. Let me not say much of the technical part... the clarity and the blur... I leave that to many experts. I just soak this in now.

Good night from icy Ottawa

battousai (1811)
[2006-12-03 9:11]

Kolejny raz mnie zatkalo... kolejne zdjecie leci do ulubionych.

Chyle czola i pozdrawiam


pasternak (6171)
[2006-12-03 10:47]

Hi George, well, normally I don't believe in angels, but not long ago I watched the Wenders's dilogy about them (you know, "Wings of desire" and "Faraway, so close"), and then comes this photo... Too bad for this woman if she's already visited by an angel. But well... an angel wearing a protective mask? This is something new, it means we are able to contaminate even THEM with our earthly illnesses?... Too bad for them as well, probably this is one of the last ones then, given the turbulent epidemiological history of mankind... Well, any way, the blurred nurse may look like an angel, but what is more, the face of the lying woman seems made of stone with this light and film texture. Consequently, this doesn't leave any "real" people in the shot. See what you have done to them? ;)

Take care

mapek61 (2827)
[2006-12-03 12:07]

To zas, jest naj...przyjemniejsze - nie wiem jak to okreslic, ale mimo dramatu bije z niego duzo ciepla i dobroci. Rewelacja. Dziekuje.

s10001in (1122)
[2006-12-04 0:39]

I missed your angle.
She is very beautiful as like other nurse.
I do not know, but I am sure god creates all the polite, caring, soft & beautiful nurse in separate division.
& they born with trade mark of nurse, infact angels.
Even in the house of god, nurse (Angel) creators are very high skill & highly paid..Trust me..I am serious..

George, you are going with some amazing post.
Post which hold the pain, sadness, a smell of medice..but other hand hope, caring & softness..
Photo having various colors..
Again I am talking about colors of feeling.
Most of photo has only one touch..
but in that regards, you this series is very balanced..
balance in terms of feelings.

She is real angel..very impressive exhibation of Photography.


ktanska (6433)
[2006-12-04 6:09]

Hi George,
You really have a touching hospital series. Something real. Something that isn't on those 13-in-a-dozen TV-series. Motionless patient and caring nurse floating to place to help.

Useful Neutral

cessy (12106)
[2006-12-19 8:56]


great portrait, George. and great note
love looking at your portfolio, beautiful

rigoletto (6176)
[2007-01-04 16:55]

This is such a powerful photo, keeping so many untold words in its mute dignity. Oh, the expression on her face...

atlantida (1055)
[2007-02-05 12:05]

Hi Mr. George,
I was searching through your gallery to find something that will surprise me again. I read your replies today, I never read replies simply cause I didn't know they exist (a newbie).
I don't know if that's true about that angel on the photo, it doesn't matter to me, the weakness of the woman lying on the bed and the look in her eyes draw my attention. Your photos tell real stories, I like that, so do u still think that people ruin photos?

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