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By Karsten Thormaehlen

Fall in love with fifty two clever, fit, and cheerful 100-year-olds during this celebratory and uplifting artwork publication. a stunning and engaging exploration of what it's wish to be over a hundred years outdated, Aging Gracefully invitations readers to appear into the face of a century of existence event with pics of centenarians captured via the compassionate, minimalist lens of photographer Karsten Thormaehlen. The outstanding pictures are followed by way of brief bios of the centenarians, that includes rates and knowledge on love, nutrients, humor, and residing with grace.

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We lived on the same street in a small town in southwest Germany. I loved the feeling of security my grandparents gave me. I loved my grandmother’s roasted potatoes, and the swing and the merry-go-round my grandfather set up in his garden just for me. I loved that he was able to create an entire children’s world, just like that—all he needed was a toolbox. I loved our conversations, their easy-going nature and generosity, and the kind way they looked at me—as if they already knew the answers to so many things before I could even come up with the questions.

When we look into the faces of the elderly, we are ultimately looking into our own future. We learn so much in doing so. We learn that aging is a law of nature, part of a brilliant whole. It follows a universal principal: It is constant, irreversible change. It begins the day we are born and is not over until we die. But this is necessary, because without decay, life would not be so infinitely precious. Aging has its own laws, but it is only our attitude and our judgments that make it into something positive or something frightening.

My initial photographic work with old people began in the mid 1980s, when I was in my early 20s, during my 18 months of alternative national service in a retirement home where I documented daily life in the residence. Now I photograph people who have lived for a century. These people have seen, experienced, and lived through more than most of humanity. I can hardly think of anything more thrilling or exciting than to search for these people, sit before them, see their faces, and hear their stories.

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