The Brown Sisters: Four Women over Four Decades

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6th May, 2013

This weekend, my boyfriend pulled out not one, not two but three grays he noticed glistening in the Spring evening light against my dark black hair. I’m still in my late twenties and so I spent the next twenty minutes feeling slightly betrayed, glass of rosé in hand, proclaiming that when I’m older, I’ve got to be one of those ladies with white hair that can still ride a bicycle. However one approaches it, the acceptance of ageing is a tough one. Coincidentally, this weekend, I also discovered the Brown Sisters

In 1975, American photographer, Nicholas Nixon took the above photograph of his wife Bebe and her three sisters, Heather, Mimi and Laurie, aged between 15 and 25 years old. The next year, he took another photograph and realised there was an opportunity to do something special. With their permission, he began to photograph them each year, standing in the same positions, over 36 years.

Let’s take a journey through the passage of time with these four women…

1976

 

1977

 

1978

 

1979

 

1980

 

1981

 

1982

 

1983

 

1984

 

1985

 

1986

 

1987

 

1988

 

1989

 

1990

 

1991

 

1992

 

1993

 

1994

 

1995

 

1996

 

1997

 

1998

 

1999

 

2000

 

2001

 

2002

 

2003

 

2004

 

2005

 

2006

 

2007

 

2008

 

2009

 

2010

After this, I felt a little bit less concerned about ageing, and more concerned with valuing the time spent with my loved ones…

via Konbini

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