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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test's picture

No, I don't like what you're doing - it's utterly depressing and completely unnecessary. It's causing pain to the elderly people in the photos and to viewers. Having seen grief and death in real life I don't find any of this helpful. It's not moving - only provocatively depressing!

Archies_Boy's picture

Personally, I'm sorry you have that reaction. At 76 I too have seen my share of death, and have experienced my share of grief. I expect to experience more of it as I grow older, including my own one day. I think for some reason you are projecting your own pain on the elderly in the photos. Notice the general appreciative and positive reaction in this thread, and then compare it to yours. Perhaps you need to examine yourself. You seem to be in a lot of pain. I hope you work it through.

Kayne Sirocco LaTrans's picture

A creative and powerfully moving concept, skillfully executed. Kudos!

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TonyDales's picture

Very touching, entirely appropriate and contemporary. The narcissistic emphasis on youth has turned society into something of an age bigot... and at 75, as one who sees himself in that mirror each day, I can't help but wonder how today's young people will deal with their own inevitable aging and that battle against physical decline... (a downhill battle???)...

Tom Carpenter's picture

What a wonderfully touching way to address mortality and the passing of time. My mother is 93 and she laughingly looks in the mirror and says "Who is that old woman? Except for the aches and pains, I still think I am 21!"

Myranda Ringler's picture

Was just led to this page by a friend of mine on facebook. As a caregiver, I love to see pictures of my clients as they were when they were young. I love all of these, but the last one in particular.

Jon Wilson's picture

Makes you think

Todd Kaime's picture

Kind of sad really.

Juanita Harris's picture

Very touching....

Donna Fox's picture

Very Beautiful and moving.

Bobbi Zahra's picture

These are pretty friggin' awesome... left me a little teary, as they remind me of my late parents...

James Crichton's picture

Tears. These are beautiful. Incredible job.

Patience Marie Moss's picture

Absolutely wonderful, very creative and an excellent subject.

Becky Doughty's picture

Oh, this is LOVELY. LOVELY. Made my Wednesday. Thank you for sharing. I'm at an age (in my 40s) where I now see my parents in BOTH images - I can remember them young, yet I see them aged - and this series captures that beautifully.

Karen Pottruff's picture

I enjoyed the thought that went into the photographs.

Alzheimer Society Ontario's picture

Beautifully done!

Julie D's picture

I love this - and the truth of it is so compelling. We all see our younger selves int he mirror becuase no matter what the outer reflection shows, what is inside in our heads and self-perceptions is truly what these photos show. Once you hit 25 or 35 or so, and feel like a fully formed adult, Inside we always feel the same throughout the rest of our lives

youngatheart's picture

i'm 66 and i can relate to this so much. thank you for the privilige of seeing it.

Reticula's picture

This is the best thing I've seen all week. So evocative. It make me teary.

Rebecca Gonzalez's picture

Honestly, this brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful study. It is beautiful and touching. I would like to do this with my parents. I think it respects their lives... I am hoping people don't feel it is sad about being older. It is just the passage of time and every moment that has carved a line on the faces. I love that children are in the photos as well. Awesome.

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Nadine Lingenfelter-Partridge's picture

What an absolutely beautiful tribute to aging. We can not go back to who we were, but it does not hurt to remember how we got to where we are. Ever step is a mile marker to cherish and remember.

Great idea, would love to see more

IamBullyproofMusic's picture

This is so beautiful it brings tears! Why don't we ask more questions of the older people in our society? Why don't we respect them more, and maybe learn from them instead of just bowing down to "youth" as the most interesting frontier?

Keve59hu's picture

Thought provoking. Thank you.

Robyn26's picture

Brought tears to my eyes. Very moving. Amazing work!

Oriana Photography's picture

This is really cool. Is there somewhere where the photographer explains his process? I'd love to learn more on how he got and manipulated the "young" images, and also how the subjects he photographed reacted to the project.

Jean-Marc Jon Deschamps's picture

WOW! Just amazing.

Che Correa's picture

This is so amazing and moving. I loved every minute of looking at these images!

mary samples's picture

When you get to be 76 years,as I am,You'll more clearly understand the truths behind this series...Love your work..Thanks for sharing...

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Navybrat's picture

Wonderful!! Please do more!! These are lovely.

Ellee Neilands's picture

Lovely tribute.

Sabrina Lannon's picture

These are great!! What are the patches on their arms for? (all the ones showing their arms).

Erica Olivier's picture

Oh my gosh, these are heartbreakingly beautiful.

Catherine533's picture

Oh my!!!! I love this. I am a 21 year old trapped in a 55+ body. Just a few days ago, I was trying to explain to a young friend how my eyes "looking out from me" haven't changed. But when I see myself in a mirror now it kinda shocks me because it is not the 21 year old looking back.

Kristy Reagan's picture

I love this. When I've aged I would like to remember this so that I can have it done for me. Lovely work and a lovely idea.

Susan K's picture

I'm a former surgical nurse. Whenever we had elderly patients come in for hip replacement, often they were disoriented, frail, etc. I always tried to picture them as a young man or woman, handsome or beautiful, with special gifts and talents, raising their families, working at challenging careers, etc. I felt it gave them some dignity, that they were not just "someone old"... This reminds me of that.

Lee's picture

Wow, wow. It sure does tell a story. Very nice! I think I want one. It will help me today to reflect on things. Just what I needed to see. Thanks so much!

Lauralee Stevenson Olson Ellio's picture

OMG, brought tears to my eyes. Keep up the beautiful images. This getting old stuff really sucks. I remember when . . .

bunnychi75's picture

This made me smile...and tear up, too! Wonderfully done! :D

esauboeck's picture

These are really sweet and poignant. I'm trying to figure out, though, if the young images are actual photos of the elderly as they appeared when they were young. Or have you just used composites that look somewhat like them?

S Montjoy's picture

This is exactly what I try and see when I look at the elderly. I look at my Grandparents and I see them as they were when they were my age. Thank you to the one who did this I would love to see more.

Julia Miller's picture

These are artworks in the vein of Norman Rockwell, my favorite artist of all time. Just fabulous.

Yuliya Marcer's picture

These are wonderful and incredibly touching. In not so distant future, this will be us, thank you for that reminder.

alliepat's picture

These are so great!

c_dynes's picture

Beautiful. Kudos.

Jeremy L's picture

Hope this is done for me when I'm up there in that age group.

Kim's Kitchen Sink's picture

This series makes me feel sad and scared about getting old...but I appreciate being moved like this. Really beautiful series.

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