As the FLDS women began to tell journalists about having their children taken into state’s custody I began circling the group, looking for the most promising person to photograph. I guess in these situations we often are drawn to the most dramatic scenes. But it’s not like this was the only person upset. Being removed from the shelter where their children are being held was undoubtedly a traumatic experience for these mothers.
Anyway, this is Marie, who is now without her three children.
I must admit that I was so focused on capturing these moments that I have no idea what the women were saying, other than that they felt that they had been lied to by officials and that they were very upset and worried about their children. But you can see that in Marie’s face.