The Beauty of Aging

People in their nineties have seen much of life. It is written on every line and embedded in every wrinkle on their faces. These people have likely outlived their spouses, friends and siblings. Stories of times recalled rest inside their smiles.  Fewer people are interested in their accumulated stories, advice and even their physical appearance.

The Beauty of Aging involves creating images of people in their nineties in their realistic splendor. In addition to the portraits, which attempt to  capture individuals in their residences,  subjects were asked to provide the photographer with one piece of advice to young people just beginning in their lives.  Each of these portraits reveals both through the portraits and people's words a snapshot of their lives revealed through photographs and words.

Midge Spear

" Midge was 98 years old when this photo was taken and she passed away in April, 2020 at the age of 99. Her advice: "It is so important to like what you do for work and you have to be able to laugh."

Anton Franke

Anton Franke, was born in the Netherlands and was an artist. Anton was 99 years old when this photo was taken. He passed away in the autumn of 2019. Anton reflects on his work for his advice. Anton’s art has shown him that you only need a few tools to do good work. Regarding one’s art, one’s style emerges and reveals itself over time.   

Irma Gershkowitz

Irma was 96 when this was taken in September, 2019. She passed away in January, at the age of 96. Her advice: "Don't give up thoughts about your life. Keep going with the flow and there an there are corners that you turn and at each corner you have a better view. Not to give up. Stay with it The better pieces will fall into line."

Trudy Schwarz

""Trudy was 100 years old when this photo was taken in 2019. Her advice: "Worry about other people rather than yourself. You shouldn't be thinking of yourself all of the time." 

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Bernyce Shimberg

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Berynce was 94 when she was photographed in autumn, 2019.  She passed away a few months later. Her advice, "Don't turn down any opportunity, no matter how remote."

Marilyn Bernard

Marilyn is 90 years old and her advice is"follow your heart."

George Schaffer

George is 91 years old. "It’s most important to preserve your values and to share your values and to be in your truth and to respond to anything where you can respond."

Lillian Sandler

"Lillian Sandler was 99 when this photo was taken in 2019. She passed away a little short of her 100th birthday.Whatever you do, do to the best of your ability."

Bert Fliegel

Berton was 90 when this photograph was taken.  His advice: "listen to each other."  Berton died at 90 in April of 2020.

Mary Walsh

Mary Walsh was 95 when this portrait was taken. Her advice was to "take each day as it comes."  Mary passed away in April, 2020 at the age of 96.

Martin Ruben

 Martin is 93 and his advice is "Be fruitful and multiply." He encourages young people to get married young and have their children while they are young so that they can enjoy grandchildren and great grandchildren.in

Ruth Pricilla Marks

"Ruth is 95 years old. Her advice is, "Don't worry about what you cannot change. Don't neglect little things because they will get bigger. Try to turn a negative into a positive."

Allan Stark

Allan's advice is to "Keep Breathing."

Ellie Drachman

Ellie's advice to those beginning in life is "Seize the day" Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today. There are so many things that one can do! Ellie passed away a few months after this photo, in January, 2020.

Bobbie Cole

Bobbie is 94 years young and her advice is "Think twice before having a disagreement."

Ira Kass

Ira Kass is 94.  His advice, "Don't argue by day; argue by night in the dark, without seeing someone's expression. That is where you work things out.  Settle a disagreement by night."

Trudy's Advice: " Don't always think about yourself think of others.".

Bobbie's advice: "Think twice before having a disagreement."

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Bert's Advice:  "Listen to each other."

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Irma's advice: " Life is full of ups and downs, but it all evens out in the end."

Irma's advice: "Life is full of ups and downs but it all evens out in the end."

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Irma's advice: "Life is full of ups and downs, but it all evens out at the end."

Irma's advice: "Life is full of ups and downs but in the long run everything evens out."

Allan's advice: Keep breathing. Never take yourself too seriously."

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Alan's advice: “Keep breathing. Never take yourself too seriously.”

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Irma's advice:  "Life is full of ups and downs but in the long run everything evens out."

Trudy's advice:  "Worry about other people rather than yourself. You shouldn't be thinking of yourself all of the time." 

Trudy Schwartz is 100. Her advice to others is to  "Worry about other people rather than yourself. You shouldn't be thinking of yourself all of the time." 

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