Sent out yesterday to photograph 70 year-old Manuel Rodriguez, who’s family has been upended by foreclosure in Petaluma. While we always try to get eyes open in our subjects, once in awhile having eyes closed makes for a different image.

Manuel Rodriguez, 70, lives in his camper across the street from his foreclosed home in Petaluma, Wednesday August 10, 2011. The foreclosure scattered his family throughout the city, including his wife who is terminally ill. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Manuel Rodriguez, 70, visits with his wife Susan Rodriguez at Golden Living Center in Petaluma, Wednesday August 10, 2011. The Family was torn apart after a foreclosure of their home scattered them throughout the city, including his wife who is terminally ill. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Grief is a most difficult thing to photograph.  To us, the click of a camera sounds like a car hood slamming shut, during moments of intense mourning.  But still, these frames of grief need to be documented.  Sometimes, a journalist is welcomed with open arms.

During a memorial for Petaluma resident and Marin County Sherrif Deputy James Mathiesen, Marin Sgt. Sandra Scott tears up, Friday July 29, 2011 at the Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Officers from the Marin County Sheriff's Department wait for a memorial to start for fellow deputy James Mathiesen, Friday July 29, 2011 at the Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Friends and officers from the Marin County Sheriff's Department sign the casket the of Marin County deputy James Mathiesen, Friday July 29, 2011 at the Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

-Kent Porter