89 years of beauty – a portrait

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“I dressed myself with care (…) It was not my habit to be disregardful of appearance, or careless of impression I made: on the contrary, I ever wished to look as well I could, and to please as much as my want of beauty would permit (…) I felt it misfortune that I was so little, so pale, and had features so irregular and marked. And why had I these aspirations and these regrets?”

(Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre)

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32 thoughts on “89 years of beauty – a portrait

  1. I often think of my hands, I look at my own. I watched on other people’s hands, I wonder about the energy accumulated in them, their delicacy and roughness.
    I am fascinated by hands of older people – in the hands full of grooves, topped with paper-thin skin, in which lies the story of their lives …
    The presence of the hands, their appearance is more important than conversations, crying, smile or a prayer. The hands have eyes, only when eyes to have look up to inside.

    These hands are beautiful!! This photo is magical, Kari.
    Have a nice day!!

  2. My husband always says that you can tell so much by a woman’s hands. As an RN I have to agree. Her hands are just so beautiful, well manicured and crowned with jewels. The ring, the bracelet, and in the second shot her pearl necklace. I just can’t imagine what the hands of that 89 year old woman have experienced – from wringing them in worry, feeling the softness of a newborns skin, clapping from joy, to waving goodbye. Such mystery behind these photographs. Beautiful emotion!

  3. These images goes straight to the heart. Very sensitive and beautiful. Hands that tells a story. I have always looked at hands and I have photographed hands thats tells something. It’s pretty amazing how hands can tell so much about a person. The quote work so well with these images…

    • Yes!! Beauty comes in different sizes, shapes, colors, textures… beauty is everywhere, for those that can see it…Thank you for your comment, Meg!!

  4. Strong compositions with the etched-by-life hands. I also like the colors, the jewelery and the dark, red nails. A beautiful celebration of life.

  5. Not often but now and then dropping by via Ashley’s (Syncopated Eyeball) I’ve learnt to appreciate your work. Today it’s time to at least leave a short com(pli)ment.
    Why here? I am caring for someone who has only recently become 89. And I can tell you there’s nothing beautiful left. Still, there are the hands. And yes, these hands would know to tell stories were they able to speak.

    One day when you’ll be old yourself, looking at this old treasure and comparing the hands in this very photo with your own, I hope you will smile when thinking of that it were your hands which held the camera.
    And if not you yourself, a younger person in your surroundings may ask to take a photo of your hands “because they are so beautiful”.

    Oh well, now I’ve been looking far into the future, hm. : )

  6. Thank you for your comment, Sean!
    I never took photos of people that I don´t know or love, this hands are from my granny, and she is still a beautiful and wise woman, very present, very intense – so this is a celebration of life, love. I am sorry for your sad experience. I don´t think to much of the future, I just hope everyday that I can keep on being sane!!
    I see beauty as a hole, and not parts of it… Thank you!

    • Ah, I ‘knew’ it was your granny, Kari.
      Probably I sounded darker than intended.
      Trying in other words: These photos are lovely and indeed resembling “a celebration of life and love”.
      May your dreams come true.
      The peace of the night.

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