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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Amy Sandstrum's picture

Last one as a nurse really spoke to me.

Lauri Novak's picture

Would love a G+ share button!!

Angie Penner's picture

I love this project. As someone who works with the elderly, I appreciate this reminder of who my patients used to be and still are to some extent. Each of these photos opens up a whole exciting story!

sandhya weks's picture

Its a shame but younger generations do not see themselves getting older. They honestly do not think it will happen to them. As if its a disease that not everyone gets. The truth is, for them it is a self fullfilling proficy. Some will not have the luxury of getting older and will not see that day. So they will get their wish so to speak. I honestly see allot of younger folks not making it to a good old age. It is sad but they do not wish to get old and allot of them will make it so.

WittyWitty's picture

I'm 22, and actually, I often wonder what I'm going to be seeing in the mirror in another 20, 40, 60 years, G-d willing...and a lot of my friends do also. Especially as people get married, finish college, get real jobs, etc., we all see ourselves suddenly becoming old, and we think about it a lot...

Archies_Boy's picture

Live the best you can every day, and the rest of it will take care of itself. :-)

Betsy Ennis Khalil's picture

Love the concept. Reflections of our inner selves. Shame on our bodies for betraying our eternal youth

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Kate Watson's picture

Such a brilliant reminder that there is no such homogenous category as "old person". We're all just unique individuals who are growing older.

Katharine Ellis Tapley's picture

*something in my eye*

These are stunning.

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.

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