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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Jacinthe Grandmont's picture

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

Renae Tawney's picture

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

Quinnton Harris's picture

So good.

Marc Normandea's picture

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.

Lauren Lazaruk, Fox Rehab's picture

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.

Ann Ward's picture

LOVE what you did..beautifully done !

Hugo Anywhere's picture

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

JackNoxious's picture

Wow. The sense of time--stunning.

Yang Zhang's picture

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

Karla Dobson's picture

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

Matthew Turner's picture

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

Ashton Applewhite's picture

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.

Michael Charles Faddis's picture

Love it...totally!

Trixiedoodles's picture

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

An American's picture

This is wonderful....

Julie Carter's picture

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.

cougar220's picture

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.

Wanda Crayton Day's picture

Very nice!!

John Rolls's picture

Beautifully done!

Kitty Cunningham's picture

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

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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.

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