Reflections: Portraits of the Elderly as They Once Were

Reflections: Portraits of the Elderly as They Once Were

My eye recently got pulled towards "Reflections". A photo series by Tom Hussey, where he portrays the elderly as they reflect on their younger selves in the mirror. This is a wonderfully done series that gives you pause to think, about the passage of time and the lives we are living.

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Fran's picture

As a 93 year old - loved these pictures which sometimes "graces" the Golden Years in a surprising way. Many thanks

Maynard Pittendreigh's picture

One of my parishioners posted on her facebook page a picture of herself some 70 years earlier as a young college graduate. One day during the July 4th parade she came up to me very excited, telling me that her 90 year old husband, a former firefighter who was riding in the parade in a fire truck, had just called her. The fire truck was having to respond to an emergency call and he was riding to a fire for the first time in 32 years. She asked me to take a picture of him as the truck rushed by, which I did. She was so giddy - that's the only word for it. This 97 year old woman was jumping up and down with excitement. It dawned on me then that the knock out young nurse on her Facebook page was the real her - not the frail, elderly woman I saw.

Laguodcam5's picture

Beautifully spoken Maynard... we will always be basically the same inside.. regardless of how our exterior changes

Toby Morris's picture

So sweet of you to notice that about the firefighter's wife. A lot of us feel so much younger inside than the outside shell shows. Very observant of you to notice that.

Archies_Boy's picture

At 76, I look in the mirror and I Dad. It can be unnerving at times! Where did *I* go???

James's picture

You went into your son :) (if you have one)

Patricia Hogg Mather's picture

Exactly my thoughts, within every elderly person there is still the young vibrant young person, if we all remember that when interacting with them the world would be a much happier place for our elders.

Tony N Charity Ariola's picture

Beautiful, simply beautiful!

Sidney's picture

The last image was so moving that it brought a tear to my face. Wonderful job!

Michelle Weddingstorywriter Mc's picture

Well-captured emotions. I think we all look in the mirror and see ourselves at our prime. It's a mixture of sadness because we lost our youth, and accomplishment because we've come so far.

Arnold Newman's picture

I love this.

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Laura Sabin's picture

so brilliant! it makes me want to know the life stories behind all these people. Would be a great gallery showing or even a book.

trey's picture

tears. just lovely.

Barbara Bell's picture

Brilliant idea!

Gsx455's picture

Nice sentiment

Amber Ciofalo's picture

Beautiful <3 Brings tears to my eyes. People need to appreciate the elderly for the people they are and the lives they've lived.

Randa Faulkner's picture

Beautifully done. I would love to commission one.

Inkspots's picture

Really fantastic. Very moving.

Amber's picture

I absolutely love this. It is so beautiful.

Mark Salmon's picture

Great idea and well executed - there must be a big market for this from a relatively affluent target market. Good luck with this project.

aggieagatha's picture

So beautiful!

Author Lynn Hubbard's picture

love this, our elder generation should be honored.

Noel's picture

This is absolutely fantastic. Thank you!

Gina Rogers's picture

What a wonderful idea!! and so well done!!

Sarah M.'s picture

My otherwise ordinary Wednesday morning is unexpectedly delighted by this post. It makes me think of my grandparents amidst the frailty of their 90s. They, too, were once young, eager, and unstoppably beautiful. Today, they are still beautiful with their faces, hands, and bodies telling the story of their decades of struggle and triumph. I admire this elderly generation so very much.

Lisa Congiolosi Arnold's picture

I love it!! So wonderful, the pictures speak.

Valerie Corsetti's picture

So often we forget the youth that is buried under the wrinkles of time. My mother -in-law could remember her childhood and teenage years like it was yesterday. Even the color of her dresses she wore and bows in her hair! But her short term memory all but disappeared. If we all could just remember that we are young at heart and most times the elderly are as surprised as anyone when they look in the mirror and see an aged stranger. Why not engage a senior today on the subject of the "good ole days", and witness the best cosmetic procedure to date....their youthful smile and sparkling eyes that erases all signs of age! Thank you for inspiring me and giving new purpose to what I need to do today!

Gabrielle Mallol Nolan's picture

This is beautiful. What art! Bravo!

Tamara Gerardino's picture

Loved it...Beautiful masterpiece, this is art!

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