Senior Gardens

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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I have imagined that when leaves age they gather together in a place called the Senior Gardens. I have other photographs of white flowers with definite facial expressions that reflect the various emotions of the elderly. There are many Senior Gardens from Los Angeles to Miami to the countryside of France and many other countries inhabited by people who respect the elderly in all forms. As I have often stated, it is a sad fact that many families do not appreciate the wisdom and importance of their elderly parents and often cast them away to live in nursing homes, rather than embrace them in the warmth of their family home. They often die a lonely death without the care and respect they deserve after a lifetime of devotion to their children and grandchildren. Those that are fortunate live in residential settings with peers that is often preferable for many who are still lively and functional and are able to participate in an active social life with their friends. My fantasy of Senior Gardens is much like Leisure World where the residents enjoy socializing with each other, especially after losing their husband or wife and enjoying the company of other ladies and gentleman their own age. This fellow looks depressed and I believe is a new resident of Senior Gardens and most likely will feel much better after meeting some of the lovely lady leaves that are also in my portfolio. I am happy to let you know that Daisy Rose and Lily Buttercup recently got married to some lovely seniors in the Rose Garden where most major events take place. I will keep you updated on new activities and especially love matches that are common occurances in these lovely garden settings. The new resident I photographed will be introduced to many lady leaves at the invitation only event for new residents at Senior Gardens. I am hopeful that this charming sad gentleman will find life very pleasant in his new home, especially after the recent passing of his temperamental wife, Snap Dragon. She was know as very jealous of some of the more lovely ladies often threatening to snap at anyone who she felt her husband found attractive. You can get the full effect of his sad eyes by looking at them in the larger format. He was very cooperative when I asked him if I could take his photograph despite his dysphoric mood.

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