The Unseen – County Home Portraits, Part XI

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Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other’s eyes
for an instant?

-Henry David Thoreau

I spent Monday morning at the Belknap County Nursing home. I was there to continue work on this year-long personal project, which I began last November.

This is Jim, who worked as a machinist and a fire fighter. He also volunteered in the Salvation Army.
black and white portrait of elderly man
Black and White Portrait of Elderly Man Wearing Red Sox Shirt
Black and White Portrait of Elderly Man Wearing Red Sox Shirt 2
Audrey and Sheldon share a room at the nursing home. They’ve been married for 68 years.
Elderly Couple
“What kind of birds are out there?”
“Regular ones.”
Black and White Portrait of Elderly Woman at Window
Profile of Elderly Man
Black and White Portrait of Blind Man
“Let me just figure out how I can put the two of you together in this small space.”
Audrey: “I’ll sit on his lap.”
Sheldon: “…you will?”
Black and White Photographs of Elderly Couple
Photographs of Loving Elderly Couple
For Georgiana’s portraits, I taped a sheer curtain on her window and then shot through cream-colored tulle for a soft, diffused, almost antique look.
Tulle Portrait of Georgiana
Black and White Tulle Portrait
Color Tulle Portrait
Woman Holding 1940's Military Portrait of Herself
Tulle Portrait
Black and White Tulle Portrait
I learned that Marie, who I photographed in March, passed away last month at the age of 101.
Marie
To read how this project got started, click here:
http://maundymitchell.com/the-unseen-county-home-portraits/
To see parts II through X, click the links below:
http://maundymitchell.com/the-unseen-county-home-portraits-part-ii/
http://maundymitchell.com/the-unseen-country-home-portraits-part-iii/
http://maundymitchell.com/the-unseen-county-home-portraits-part-iv/
http://maundymitchell.com/the-unseen-county-home-portraits-part-v/
http://maundymitchell.com/the-unseen-county-home-portraits-part-vi/
http://maundymitchell.com/the-unseen-county-home-portraits-part-vii/
http://maundymitchell.com/the-unseen-county-home-portraits-part-viii/
http://maundymitchell.com/the-unseen-county-home-portraits-part-ix/
http://maundymitchell.com/the-unseen-county-home-portraits-part-x/
To read Part XII: http://maundymitchell.com/the-unseen-county-home-portraits-part-xii/