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A Modern Day Disconnect

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Everywhere one goes ads bombard us with promises of beauty, youth, fitness and yes, even enlightenment. The truth is they are lying. This tired elderly lady sitting under the sign for a fitness class speaks to this reality much better than I.

Tempus Fugit

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One morning, without warning, you see an old person staring back at you in the mirror. It comes as a shock to realize that wrinkled face is yours.

Morning and Evening

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I probably don’t need to say anything more.

The Hope Tree Needs Our Help

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Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.

Mark Twain

Exit…Old Guy Heading Down

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Old Age Is Not For Sissies

Resignation Outside A Hospital

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I guess it’s because I’m an old guy that these images move me. This man was sitting yesterday on the edge of a wall outside the Tufts Medical Center. I think he looked resigned. A strange word resigned, but the older you get the more you have to deal with constant aches and pains and an overall reduction in strength. You sit more, you hurt more and in order to live with all this, one become resigned to feeling that way.

Getting back to the technical aspects of this image for a second. The raking light on his face gave him a lovely, almost old world, look. I think Rembrandt might have liked this face.

Walking Slowly With A Friend

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Old age slows us down. That’s a given. But there are some people who accept their infirmities gracefully and just keep on chugging. This guy is one of them. He’s almost deaf and walks very slowly, bent over with a cane. He’s kind, always polite, almost courtly.

When I took this picture, he was trudging back to his house after taking his beloved Corgi for a walk. It’s a regular part of his day and we’ve never seen him go by without his sportcoat on even though his place is deep in the country and there is no need for that kind of formality. 

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The dog and he are such close companions. It is always lovely to see the two of them together.

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