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So Suddenly Old by Thomas Barker-Detwiler

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Self portrait at 70.

Nikon d90
Nikor 50mm 1.4 lens

“The Virtual Museum”


self, portrait, old, aging, male hand

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  • Matt Steele
    Matt Steeleover 1 year ago

    I seriously hope my creativity, mind and hair are as good as yours when I’m 70

  • Can’t vouch for the mind but the hair is still there. Thanks for the comments and the fave. Really appreciate that you like 66, Tom

    – Thomas Barker-Detwiler

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 1 year ago

    Love this work Tom, I know the feeling…love, xxo

  • THanks so much. I remember the day I realized I was looking at my hands and they were my fathers. What a shock. What happened to the last 71 years?

    – Thomas Barker-Detwiler

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 1 year ago

    Oops, you are 71 ? I really was thinking you were about 60 ! I am getting 44 in Juin but I also think the same about my hands and face and body… It has begun when I became seriously ill and had two hernia surgery… love to you, x

  • My dear Anna, Illness is always a test of our self vision but it passes. Getting old isn’t baad it’s just confusing because we are not really different in mind or spirit than at say 35> Love your mind and keep watching your work, Tom

    – Thomas Barker-Detwiler

  • Marian Grayson
    Marian Graysonover 1 year ago

    Love this Tom. It feels honest

  • Thank you, I truly appreciate your comment.

    – Thomas Barker-Detwiler

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 1 year ago

    I love this Tom.
    There was a competition on not long ago and the contestants had to be under 35 and I was going to submit something till I realised, with a start, that I am 48!

  • Are self perceptions are just off the wall and that’s good. Most of my friends are quite
    young (50’s or so) so I never think of my age as old as I am.

    – Thomas Barker-Detwiler

  • Tarrby
    Tarrbyover 1 year ago

    I know that feeling well, don’t worry about it, you look great for your age. Good fun image.

  • It is funny that it catches us by surprise and then will do it again. Thank you for your thoughts, Tom

    – Thomas Barker-Detwiler

  • sandra .
    sandra .over 1 year ago

    Hand over face or not, ‘we’ can still see the real you :)
    Wonderful image, Thomas

  • I can’t help it. I think that hands are every bit as expressive as faces so they get combined a lot. Thank you< Sandra, for your kind comments. THey are greatly appreciated.

    – Thomas Barker-Detwiler

  • Natasha  Perova
    Natasha Perovaover 1 year ago

    wonderful … excellent work

  • Thank you Natasha. As always I especially appreciate your recognition, Tom

    – Thomas Barker-Detwiler

  • John Douglas
    John Douglasover 1 year ago

    My mother used to tell us that she couldn’t relate to her mirror, that the person she saw now wasn’t the same person inside – and how with our own age we understand such comments. Oscar Wilde said something along the lines of ‘the tragedy of old age is not that one feels so old but that one still feels so young’. And while I’d rather be (getting) old and alive than the alternative it certainly is a situation where we must work on how we view ourself and the world – ably portrayed here I think, that turning point. Thanks.

  • John, thanks so much, a wonderful response and Oscar Wilde too.

    – Thomas Barker-Detwiler

  • John  Kapusta
    John Kapustaover 1 year ago

    Great composition very moving

  • Thank you.

    – Thomas Barker-Detwiler

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