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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Rick Pepper's picture

Clever as hell! Keeps us asking questions. Good on ya.

Wutinunt J.'s picture

Very nice! If can play this series with TV streaming player box:

Aaron Smith's picture

This really is beautiful.

Anne Fagan-Wood's picture

Congratulations! Very well done, very inspiring and moving. I have to say that it brought tears to my eyes to see as it's the best photography I've ever seen. This should be on a TV Commercial as a message to Respect the Elderly.

fratmom's picture

I love this. I'm going to my mirror now; I think I'll feel better about what I see.

Brenda Orton's picture

amazing concept, and i loved it... thank you for your insight, and the reminder to all that we are still the same, on the inside, and ALL deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

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Kalpesh Joshi's picture

This is great! Well done!

Alli Romano's picture

So so powerful! I really had to take the time to look at each person and their reflections created a whole story in my head, like a magical past no one knows even happened besides them. I am only 25 and I felt as though I can already speed through time and see myself on the other side of that mirror and It made me think that I'd better be sure to live a life I would be proud to reflect on.

scragsma's picture

About a year and a half ago, when my mother was in a rehab facility, I came across an idea that should be carried out at all such facilities, as well as assisted-living and nursing homes. In every room there should be prominently displayed a photo of the patient/resident/client at his/her younger age, in the prime of life. This helps visitors and caregivers remember that this person was not always so weak and helpless, but deserves every bit of the respect as the person in the photo.

barfood's picture

Wow. Well done. Very touching.

fanciladi's picture

SO beautiful........tissues please!!!

The Burns's picture

great stuff!!!

Kathy Whittam's picture

Getting old isn't so bad. I am "old", but lead a very active life. Even my adult children think I seem younger than my biological age. I once read the adage, "Your only as old as you think." there is a lot of truth in that. I do believe it is important to keep physically and mentally active. People that don't, die while they're still living!

grainofsand's picture

Very moving pictures.

Elise M.'s picture

This is amazing!!

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johnny V's picture

Awesome work!! would love to see more!

Ashley Becker's picture

LOVE THIS!!! So touching. Masterfully done, it is truly my favorite photography series I have ever seen. As an artist, I do not say that lightly but I am so moved by your work. It is amazing. I think it really reached me on a deep level because when I spent time with my grandmother in a nursing facility before she passed in April, I found out how much people connected when they shared old pictures of how they used to look and talked about what they used to do. When the nurses saw how gorgeous she used to be (and still was), I felt like they humanized her more and overlooked her indignities more easily. As we age, we still see ourselves as we used to be but the rest of the world can't see it unless it is shared. Thank you so much for doing and sharing this amazing work, I am so happy to have found this through a Facebook page about gifted learners that shared this to to my Newsfeed today. I only liked their page yesterday so I feel blessed today to have gotten to see this.

Christina's picture

wow, I'm speechless, thats beautiful!

SFAnnie's picture

Gosh. I'm overwhelmed.

Wendi Jo's picture

This is a great way to give people another perspective on who the elderly really are. People with a great knowledge of the experiences of life.

Vanessa McCoy Ryden's picture

The evoked such a response in me. I'm not quite sure how I'm feeling but you've made me feel it, whatever it is. Thank you and well done.

G. Gleason's picture

I love it! What a great idea and you did a beautiful job.

Ally's picture

How beautiful! Very touching.

Denise Montgomery's picture

Great idea. One of my college friends tells me she always thinks of us as being the age we are when she knew all of us, and I have to agree I think of my friends from long ago that way too. This just expresses what many of us think of our long-time friends as we grow older.

Skytte60's picture

Inside every eighty year old person is an eighteen year old wondering what happened...
These photographs are lovely. Thanks!

Michelle Teeple-Smith's picture

This is awesome. I almost wanted to cry. That is how much these reached into my heart.

Sunny's picture

This is just wonderful. :)

SavdByGrace50's picture

Very touching. I can relate to wondering if anyone sees the me of my whole life rather than just the me today. I try to envision that in others now that I'm older and know one grows to look different but doesn't change much on the inside. Thank you for sharing these insightful images.

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Samtian's picture

Wow! That is beyond amazing, gave me chills!

Carla's picture

I love this, they are beautiful!!!

Alexa's picture

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PFreeman's picture

Amazing. I wish for the ability to come up with this type of project, that stops people and says this is a beautiful creation!

Katherine Gullett's picture

Creative, I love that the backgrounds are the same as they look in the mirror. We all have that younger person inside, thank you for your creativity and sensitivity.

Cheryl Dicken's picture

Would like to see these displayed in nursing homes....our seniors are treasures!!

Hollie Soito's picture

this makes me cry cause we will all be there someday

Charlene Colgan's picture

Beautiful and moving with a touch of sadness. It reminds me that life is fleeting and precious.

Ivette's picture

really nice, very moving images!

Diana Sisley's picture

These are beautiful and very moving. I'm learning that inside, we do not age. You have portrayed this, and you've added the commentary that our loved ones honor us by remembering with us who we were, while loving us also for who we've become. Thank you! Please continue working on this project.

Trish's picture

This is beautiful, not just visually...I got choked up looking at these gorgeous photos. I hope to see more of these.

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Kaci Buhl's picture

The one with two nurses really strikes a chord. Haunting and evocative, wow.

Eileen Reed's picture

Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art... Beautifully done !

Brittany Salisbury's picture

Would it be possible to purchase prints of some of these?

NorthoftheBorder Gold's picture

Chilling. We will all or most be there one day very soon.

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Holly Klein's picture

Left this on a friend's FB - Kyle Cassidy, who is a photographer and published a book about vets and their tattoos among others. He loved it! Keep it up - It's awesome!

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