Susan Sontag states, “To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” This concept inspires and informs my interest in utilizing the snapshot for its historical documentation of moments in time. Susan Sontag’s reference to photographs being momento mori focuses my work while I investigate the mysticism and myth of totem poles, faith, metaphysics, mortality, palliative care, the surgical process, and our interest in the snapshot photograph. Watching friends and family endure troublesome times enables me to examine our vitality to traverse despair during arduous circumstances. Another way to state this is the leeway between fragility and malleability. I communicate through specific circumstances how individuals have overcome battles with isolation, fragility, sickness, deterioration, decline, and death. This is accomplished through the media of finely crafted pencil drawings because the pencil is not too distant from the scalpel, and meticulous, incisive mark making is not too unlike surgery.