This photo, especially right above yesterday’s shot of the young woman give lots of food for thought. For starters, rather than seeing aging as a bad thing, looking at it as an interesting (and inevitable – if we are lucky) process. Her clothes are secondary to that for me. My mom died when I was about the age of the girl in yesterday’s photo. She had great style too. She’d be 93 this year — I always wonder what her aging would have been like.
Love seeing these grandmamas in their everyday dresses and cooking accessories. They make you wish to be invited in to sit at their tables and experience their wonderful meals. This one is even wearing a pretty slip.
This is not an insult. The Crone is the third aspect of the Triple Goddess — Maiden, Mother, Crone — and a identifies the wise “eldering” — ancient female energy that empowers a woman in the third stage of life.
Yes, exactly what I was thinking, Lorea! She will undoubtedly also be a good cook! What a treat to see these neighbors, Scott!
As many have already written, “these photos make me feel like I am walking down these streets with you, on vacation!”
This is indeed a very moving picture. Her face shows many emotions. Anyway, as this is a style blog:
Her apron is beautiful. I love her pose. I think I see a very pretty slip under her dress – is this lace? And the whole picture, with the background is just really really beautiful.
Thank you for this – it’s refreshing to see a photo of a person I can relate to … while I am obsessed with fashion and love ogling the pics of “fashiony” people … I find pics like this quietly resonate with me.
This photo brought tears to my eyes. Her face is full of emotion. I found the expression on her face particularly striking, deep in thought, or posing seriously for a photograph as most of that generation would tend to do.
She reminded me of my grandmother. Of how the body curves with age and however beautiful and moving to the eye that maybe, it can also be physically and emotionally painful.
If I were to sum up my impression of this photo, I would imagine that the beautiful fresh white laundry drying on the balcony behind her has been a daily chore for her adulthood. She has worked hard to maintain an impeccable home and has given all her energies to her family. Her cooking is amazing and so is the extra plate she puts on the table “in case” there is a visitor. She loves her life, family and friends in Bari…………She is perfectly at ease in front of your lens, Scott, as she has spent her life putting her best foot forward.
Thank you for introducing us to the lovely people of Bari. Simplicity at its best.
I come from Bari and I know the style and the way of dress of these people! I love it and, watching this photo, I think about my grandma, she dresses the same kind of stylish dress.
At the same time, this style is in tune with the way of being of this people: they always smile and they show the positivity in life in all respects. I hope my English would be understandable.
Thank you for this inspiring set of photos! The bit of lace peeking out at her hem is a reminder that older people have so much more to them than what is immediately seen, and so often ignored, on the surface.
This is your best shot ever!
I love it that you photographed this older woman who is beautiful in her own way.
I love her dress, apron, energy that she has despite her age.. posing with her leg.. wonderful!
This portrait just really got me! I am so used to playing attention to the way a person is dressed when I log on to your blog. I find myself doing the same with her clothes, but the attention to her outfit quickly changes to the view of the entire woman. There is surely a story here – caring for family, steadfastness and enduring. Really wonderfull addition to your daily gallery.
I love you picture and I’m not sure if I love more Maria or this old lady! Well Maria is such an ICON, but this is really sweet… I love her leg movement and the dress… I’m sure u just stopped her doing Orecchiette.. Which types of street food have u liked more?
This is a guide for everybody if you want to visit BARI and Puglia.
Inside my picture of Maria delle Sgagliozze. http://www.spezio.it/guida-street-food-bari/
I’m a little shocked by the comments from the, obviously, young people who don’t realize that this elderly woman is not “leg popping”, or “beveling”. She is in pain. Her “pose” is the most likely from hip issues. Or she has a deformity. I love that you include photographs of all agesâ€¦quite frankly after a while the genetically freakishly beautiful women get me a little depressed.
I love your work, it is true art to me (and I am an art historian, so I must know…). Congratulations on the Bari as well as the Peru images, they should ALL be put up permanently in a museum to document the beauty of elderly women! And men!
You have a very subtle and respectful approach to humans, chapeau!