Beautiful Old Folks - Continuing My Personal Project
I got so much more from those beautiful people than I gave. One woman dressed to the nines for the event, bringing along matching high heeled shoes despite the fact that she was 89. Another woman was turning 104 the very next day. It was a diverse group - one couple from Japan, an elderly German gentleman and a Vietnamese soldier who had helped the US during the Viet Nam War and he brought his medals to show me.
I printed several of their photos and got to exhibit them a few times. People always seem to like them. Somehow I moved on with other projects - landscapes, travel, grandchildren.... When I start to move around the clutter in my office, I stop and stare at their faces and feel like I should find more beautiful old folks and tell their stories. When I was in Cuba recently, I enjoyed photographing strangers and doing everything I could to communicate with them and try to find out their stories. Now I plan on picking up that old personal project and try to capture some more older people in their "happy place."
So, I'm going to be using this blog in the coming weeks to tell the stories of my newfound friends. I am really looking forward to meeting beautiful older folks and hearing all about their lives - how they've survived and what wonderful experiences that they've had. I hope y'all enjoy this as much as me.
Keep shooting, friends!