How do you photograph time?


Take a portrait of someone elderly. Sometimes time has been cruel, etching deep lines onto a face as if they were the evidence of some sort of punishment. Other faces are lined bur appeared soften by those lines as if they convey someone at peace with themselves, content with how they are inside, unconcerned about their external experience. Sometimes it's all in the eyes - still bright despite the onset of old age as if signifying a brain that has remained sharp, active. Occasionally one sees eyes that appear dead before the rest of the person has physically died, as if life has been dismissed or the soul has taken flight too early.

The ravages of time. The wisdom we absorb with time. The fear of death. The pleasure of memory. These can al be read on ageing faces. They are wonderful to photograph.