PORTRAITS OF THE WISE REFLECTING ON THEIR LIFE JOURNEYS
The Hand-Some Journey: Portraits of Elders Reflecting on Their Life Journeys is a bold and innovative photography book that offers a much-needed antidote to the dearth of elders' stories. It combines stirring visuals with eloquent text to explore and celebrate elders' most intimate loves, dreams, and memories. Unlike most portraiture, these photographs never reveal the faces of their subjects. Instead, the camera hones in on their immensely expressive hands, and on a single object that the person has selected to represent the essence of his or her journey.
"Did you know I used to be a bartender? I was. No one really knows that about me. It was the only job where I could be myself. Where I could sit and laugh with patrons and listen to their stories. And they would listen to mine. It was the only job where I felt appreciated."
—Thelma, age 97
“Dealing with human life is serious business. My father once told me to take care of people first, and that’s what I did. In the past 35 years, I’ve performed about 400 surgeries per year…so, that’s about 14,000. There’s a sense of accomplishment that money can’t buy. “
– Victor Dy, age 70.
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