When I started this project I wrongly assumed that a story such as mine with my Lebanon could be told with 29 photographs and 29 small writings. With every passing day I could see that life does not work like that. The stories that came to my mind and married with my photographs each day barely scratched the surface of the immensity that life in Lebanon was to me. Life engraves lines in us, each experience life changing, each event leaving its unique signature on our aging skin. No aging face is designed like any other, in the same way that no life is like another and no fingerprint is the same.
I met this lady in the street while in Beirut, her name is Aida, she could not tell me for sure how old she was and she sold cigarettes for a living. Her lines are evidence to a life that would take ages to tell. Nothing is more humbling than looking at a face like Aida’s.
48 replies on “Day 28~ February 28th~ Lebanon”
Reblogged this on Miss Ayo Délé and commented:
She’s so beautiful, sweet, doubtless and happy,.
I guess she was happy to meet you.
She seems to say something like I am what Iam and I’m not afraid.
It’s very inspiring.
Thank you! Yes, most definitely inspiring it was to meet her.
This is such a beautiful, storytelling, image. 🙂
Thank you Robin!
As always, beautiful picture! And a positive take on wrinkles…the dreaded word of the majority of women today.
Thank you Frances. I think there is nothing to do about it in reality, so might as well embrace it 🙂
your work is incredibly beautiful and inspiring… 🙂
Another amazing photo. So many stories told on her face.
I clicked over from aFrankAngles blog,
A magnificent photo and I totally agree, there would certainly be a wonderful story to tell about her life I am sure.
Thank you so much for clicking over and for your comment!
Frank sent me! Great photo. Gives a whole new meaning to “lines on my face”. Wow.
Thank you for visiting 😉
Excellent photo and words, Mimo! And thanks for your input on my recent troubles – I hope I’m out of it now – we must just keep a very sharp eye on who we accept comments from! Adrian
Yes, I hope it is over soon 🙂 Thanks Adrian!
Wandered over from aFrankAngle.
Incredible picture, and I can’t agree more with your sentiments.
Thank you for your visit and comment!
What a beautifully etched face! Great capture!
Thank you! 🙂
Reblogged this on A Frank Angle and commented:
Mimo is something that I am not, a skilled photographer. She lives in New York, was born in Lebanon, and loves to travel. In this blog she ties together the people and life in a way that allows the reader to reflect on their own life while learning about the life of others. Here’s a sample involving her beloved Lebanon. Meanwhile, you should know that she just started Egypt. I encourage you to visit and if you comment, please tell her Frank set you. And yes, maybe I will see you in her trip to Egypt.
Every post on your blog is so amazing. This Snap is also a bit gloomy. When we grow up in age, life takes our beauty and gives experience in return. I don’t think it’s a fair trade
true but as nothing can be done about it, we might as well celebrate it 🙂 Thank you for your comment!
What a breathtaking photo – I wish I could sit down with Aida (my mother’s name!), hold her hand, and have her tell me stories that will no doubt remind me of what is truly important in life. Thank you, Mimo
what a lovely comment!!
Yes, quite amazing
Thank you Karl!
Very powerful and beautiful picture. I think the quote “A picture is worth a thousand words” fits perfectly right here.
many thanks, that is a huge compliment to Aida and to the photograph!
a wonderful photograph
hope that all of your stories come up to meet you, even when you think you already have the story done in your head before you go shooting. because the result is amazing! lovely this old woman.
Thank you for your sweet comment!
I like the lines on her face. They tell everything. Reminds me of my grandmother.
grandmothers are the best! Thank you for your comment!
…and such sweet, kind eyes. I am such a huge fan of your portraiture.
Thank you so much!
Your photographs are fantastic!
Thank you , very kind of you!
That face tells a story itself!
it does, doesn’t it?
beautiful photo from beautiful Aida.
Most people realize the stories that the elderly can tell and life experiences they can show. But your linking of one’s unique lines on a face to their unique experiences is very powerful.
Thank you Frank!
It’s really tell’s her story, 🙂
Yes, I think so too!
Thank you 🙂