Bellissima: The Beauty of Age

October 25, 2011

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Sicilian Woman in a Pink Apron, copyright Jann Huizenga
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12 comments to Bellissima: The Beauty of Age

  • hard to say it better than Eleanor Roosevelt πŸ™‚ Just curious, how do you get around to taking your pictures of people? Do you just snap a shot casually, or do you ask them first? It’s just that some of them looks so spontaneous, it’s hard to understand how you get that shot if you’ve already warned them you’re taking a picture.

    • Jann

      Hi Haley–thanks for your comment! For my close-up shots of people, I almost always ask first. Then I engage the person/people in conversation, and hope they forget the camera, and take intermittent shots during the conversation. For close-up shots, I also use a very small lens (50mm), so that people don’t feel intimidated with a great big lens pointing at them. Sometimes if I see a great shot, I’ll snap it first, and then ask afterwards if it was OK to take it. I show people the shots I took of them and where possible, email them the pix. Many old people in Sicily don’t have email, though, so I send them pictures via snail mail, or drop by their homes with the pictures. I’ve never seen anyone as willing and eager to be photographed as Sicilians, so that’s a real plus!

  • Sam

    This lady looks like she could be my Irish Aunt Molly’s twin sister!!

  • Beautiful,yes, in her years of experience and the kindness and humour written on her face; the weight of the years carried in her bones. The weathered wall behind emphasizes the beauty, usually not recognized,of aging. I love the print dresses and pink checkered fabric adding a touch of gaiety. Oh–and look at those veiny hands. How many caresses have they given, slaps doled out, doughs rolled, tears of sorrow and laughter wiped away. Yes, much to consider in this photo.

    • Jann

      Ciao louciao–what a lovely description you’ve given! Mille grazie!!! I can’t imagine TOO many slaps doled out by this woman, but doughs rolled out? Many indeed.

  • Jann, what a heartwarmingly beautiful photo! She makes you smile……

  • Yes! An exquisite work of Art πŸ™‚ Lovely…

  • Jann, what a beautiful shot! She is beautiful! With her apron and dark clothes, she reminds me of la mia nonna. πŸ™‚

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