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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De toute beauté! C'est un très bel hommage à la vie! Thank you very much! :-)

Wondering what my reflection would say about myself. Nicely done.

So good.

C'est vraiment beau. Hommage au temps qui passe et qui reflète bien comment on se sent en dedans alors que l'extérieur a subit les usures du quotidien.

This is remarkable. As a practice that works with older adults every day it is important to help people remember what they were once capable of and help them to unlock their inner strength to make it possible again. Just because people are aging, doesn't mean they have to sacrifice a better quality of life. These pictures tell a moving story. Thank you.

LOVE what you did..beautifully done !

Beautifully rendered images. Love the heartbreakingly warm sense of nostalgia these evoke.

Wow. The sense of time--stunning.

Amazingly well done. These pictures truly speak more than words.

This was amazing. For those of us taking care of elderly parents it reminds us of the life they once had.

What are the patches on the people's arms in pics 5, 7, and 10?

Beautifully done. If you watched the Big C, in hospice Laura Linney spearheads a movement for all the patients, many of whom are older, to wear photos of their younger/healthier selves around their necks as reminders to the staff of their individuality and achievements.

Love it...totally!

I love this series. A totally new (to me) concept. Beautifully done, and I was left wanting to see more photos.

This is wonderful....

Wonderful! My dad, who turns 90 in October, served in the Submarine Service in WWII. Would love to see him do something like this. Absolutely beautiful.

Amazing! My parents are elderly now. My mom has advanced dementia and my dad takes care of her. Watching her "leave" us one cell at a time has been sad and difficult but I try to remember the vibrant woman she was. Thank you.

Very nice!!

Beautifully done!

This is the truth of us. The person in the mirror rarely reflects the person inside.


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

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

This really is beautiful.

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.

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

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.


This is great! Well done!

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.

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