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.

via [WallToWatch]
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elisse's picture

Extraordinary... Pictures that are truly worth 1000 words each...

Amnah Khalid's picture

Thank you for showing the mirror

Apaosa's picture

I do this now... 33 and I already reflect on what I've lost.

Barbara Rantasa Benham's picture

Beautiful and very powerful no words needed

Pete Robinson's picture

Photoshopped! lol

fanciladi's picture

No kidding........that's obvious to get the beautiful and meaningful effect!

Jan Watt's picture

Stunning, thought provoking, bittersweet.

Jan Watt's picture

If you taught creative writing in high school, this collection would be perfect story starters.

Mathures Paul's picture


Jean Carrick's picture

As a 79 year old I can readily empathize with these pictures but they, like me, most likely feel exactly the same inside as they did when young. A beautiful concept and beautifully executed.

Evji108's picture

Well done, a very natural integration of the old photos with the new.

Mawande Manez Sobethwa's picture

Not an original idea but well Executed...

Raul Felix's picture

Very great and beautiful concept. Makes me appreciate my youth.

GraffitiGoddess's picture

Lovely. Is there a book of these photos?

Camillo's picture

I love this so much. The nurse one made me want to cry. As a nurse myself, I can only imagine taking care of others...not someone else having to take care of me. Beautiful pictures!!!

Theladyprogger's picture

BRAVO!!!! You have done what the group "Genesis" wrote about on "Trick of the Tale". The characters on the album cover represent the songs.... on the left is an old woman looking into a mirror at herself as a young woman. The song is "Ripples". Just delighted to see this!

Laura Baker's picture

Simply beautiful. Though our bodies change, our soul does not

RavviOli's picture


Elizabeth Spiegel's picture

Very touching--

BeQi's picture

I got verclempt while looking at these photos.

Simon Krankje Parnell's picture

why were they all attractive and slim?

Sunce 60's picture

The grain of America and how people were proud of what they did and who they were. Thank you Thomas.

Danielle Ehrman's picture

Absolutely beautiful! In a world of instant gratification its a sobering reminder to take pause, and reevaluate our priorities. Thank you!!!

Robert Weiss's picture

Powerfully, however gently, heart massaging!

Sally Brodsky's picture

Brought tears to my eyes.

tasket's picture

Wonderful concept and beautifully executed! Thank you!

Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow's picture

Reflections: Portraits of the Elderly as They Once Were is inspired. Beautiful concept!

Tom Hansen's picture

That last one brought tears to my eyes. The way she struggles to stand tall as she remembers a life as a nurse helping others -- as a nurse waits to help her with her walker.

Meghan Mundane's picture

These made me tear up, a little bit. They remind me of my grampy, who used to be a merchant marine. I've seen pictures of him as a young man, and can still picture how he looked so clearly when he was in his late 70s, before he passed away. I imagine he still saw the young man he was when he looked in the mirror. Thanks. Your photos made my day by reminding me of him.

Kkatt Kitty's picture

Love it!

linda_marie's picture

I am 60 years old and I am beautiful NOW...

Nancy Wuitschick's picture

This touched my heart. I loved serving the elderly.Thank you for sharing.

Susie Reber Orr's picture

I wish I could put my mom and dad on here. I have some old and new photos. They are both gone now.

Karen's picture

Why do all the ones that you can see their bare arm have a patch on it? Is it an advertisement?

Teresa K's picture

Beautiful. Each photo speaks so many words without saying anything...brought tears to my eyes. Life is precious, cherish each day.

Radames Lopez's picture

Excellent, well done, love it.

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rpward51's picture

What a wonderful series! Very thought provoking!

Lauri's picture

I am a 60 year old woman and I have to tell you, this is so true. Thank you so much for understanding. No one likes getting old but we all do. We are the same youthful person on the inside with more wisdom this life taught us, however, our bodies put limitations on us and that does make us frustrated at times. I know times have changed and I stay up on the trends. I believe the young have a lot to offer and I can learn from them. Hopefully they can learn from me and my life lesson's.

Life is about change and constant learning. We can not get stuck in the old ways but move forward towards the future. We must listen to the younger, look at their point of view and incorporate that view into what we know from experience. Thanks again.

hexclimber's picture

Having just recently turned 60, this really hits close to home...

Mahsheed Khajavi's picture


Lisa Woods's picture

Love it!!!!!

Bob Shurtleff's picture

Brilliant! This is the best idea I have ever seen!

Lindsey's picture


theoldsheepherder's picture

Thank you.

Mary Perkins Joyce's picture

What a great idea. Gives me a idea for my mother-in-law's b-day in a few weeks.

Marie Kjosness Whittaker's picture

this brought tears to my eyes! Beautiful!

ggoldey's picture

Gorgeous. Amazingly inspired and VERY touching.

Kerry Coleman's picture

Beautiful :)

Cathy Carlyle's picture

Wow, this series is so beautifully done!

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