Forty portraits in Forty years : Nicholas Nixon ( Photographs) Susan Minot ( Text)

8 Oct

I really want to share this Newyork times feature ” Forty portraits in forty years” . The photographs are by Nicholas Nixon and Text by Susan minot. Please do follow the link dear friends.

” Nicholas Nixon was visiting his wife’s family when, “on a whim,” he said, he asked her and her three sisters if he could take their picture. It was summer 1975, and a black-and-white photograph of four young women — elbows casually attenuated, in summer shirts and pants, standing pale and luminous against a velvety background of trees and lawn — was the result. A year later, at the graduation of one of the sisters, while readying a shot of them, he suggested they line up in the same order. After he saw the image, he asked them if they might do it every year. “They seemed O.K. with it,” he said; thus began a project that has spanned almost his whole career.”  Susan minot writes in her opening remarks.

The concept and photography of Nicholas Nixon is brilliant for many reasons. For one it’s no frills and natural and secondly it is also best tribute to chronicle forty years of the sister’s life. The sisters are immortal now in print. They all look lovely and all pictures are beautiful. The first picture dated 1975 to most recent one in 2014. They all look beautiful and they all reflect their own personality and character. They are all together for forty years.  They all look into picture and there is no performance. I can relate to that for find it difficult to smile in pictures now. May be its time. May be its just persona.

These pictures are beautiful, elegant and moves me. I like the human  experience and this is the best possible tribute. I want to reiterate  all the pictures and all of them are beautiful. It’s wonderful series.

“Throughout this series, we watch these women age, undergoing life’s most humbling experience. While many of us can, when pressed, name things we are grateful to time for bestowing upon us, the lines bracketing our mouths and the loosening of our skin are not among them. So while a part of the spirit sinks at the slow appearance of these women’s jowls, another part is lifted: They are not undone by it. We detect more sorrow, perhaps, in the eyes, more weight in the once-fresh brows. But the more we study the images, the more we see that aging does not define these women. Even as the images tell us, in no uncertain terms, that this is what it looks like to grow old, this is the irrefutable truth, we also learn: This is what endurance looks like. ” writes Susan minot on the series.

Leonard Cohen wrote ” I ache in the places where I used to play, And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on …I’m just paying my rent every day, Oh in the Tower of Song.” in the ” Tower of Song”. I think ageing is beautiful and we all are just paying our rent in this eternal song…

I posted about my father’s friend yesterday and he is sixty seven and excited and passionate about running. Notwithstanding joints and knees. He even suggested exercises to free them. I think if we can keep our hearts clean and spirit joyful we are all beautiful. How do we do that? Breathe deeply and ” Let go” all that that does not let us be well and smile from the heart in all situations of this life…and yes, to keep our legs moving…

Please do see this most wonderful Newyork times article and beautiful picture series by Nicholas Nixon and text by Susan minot is compelling too..

Goodnight friends! Hope you have a lovely day!

Thank you!




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