In 1975, noted photographer, Nicholas Nixon, was visiting his in laws with his recently wedded wife. While enjoying the company of his in-laws – and purely on a whim – he suggested that his wife, and her three sisters, pose for a photo to commemorate the event. It was a casual photo that none of them at a time knew would result in a 4 decade long journey. The following year, during one of the sisters’ graduation, he suggested another photo, with the sisters lining up in the same order (from left: Heather, Mimi, Bebe and Laurie) which later turned into an annual tradition.
Between 1975 and 2014, 40 photos were taken of the sisters who are the subject of an art installation that has taken 4 decades to document. We shall follow this journey and see what tales these photos have to offer us.
1. 1975 – New Canaan Connecticut
This is the original photo that was taken at the sisters’ home when Nicholas first came to visit. It set the tone for the rest of the photos, with the black and white hue and the guarded expressions on the sisters faces.
2. 1977 – Cambridge Massachusetts
Two years later, the sisters still maintain their confident gazes directly towards the camera. While there is very scant back-story with each photo (for the privacy of the subjects), we can guess that at least one of them – based on their estimated ages – was in college. Cambridge Massachusetts is a famous college town on the east coast.
3. 1979 – Marblehead Massachusetts
While in the other photos there seems to be a standard dress code for each photo, in 1979 we see more independence in terms of dress style and pose. The faces don’t give much away in terms of the individual emotions they may be experiencing.
4. 1981 – Cincinnati
The Cincinnati photo is more relaxed and casual, and you can tell that everybody is having a great time. The dress code is fun (shorts and light shirts) and there seems to be more home in their visages.
5. 1983 – Allston Massachusetts
This is the first photo in this series where the photographer’s shadow is visible. It seems at this point that the sisters are more comfortable in the annual tradition and are ‘accepting’ the photographer to be part of the process.
6. 1985 – Allston Massachusetts
The sisters are much closer to the lens, being more welcoming to the viewers. They also present a front of solidarity, with more personal contact between them (arms on shoulders). As usual, they emotional expression is minimal.
7. 1987 – Chatham Massachusetts
In this photo, it becomes clear that they women are now aging (gracefully) into womanhood. While the faces show some of the effects of time, the eyes still maintain the fire and defiance that has been present since their first photo.
8. 1989 – Cambridge Massachusetts
Two of the sisters take centre stage while the others remain in the back a bit for this photo. IT could signify that the two ‘highlighted’ sisters might have experienced significant personal milestones (marriage or perhaps the birth of a child).
9. 1991 – Watertown Massachusetts
While we have not come to expect much in terms of emotional expressions, there is a very clear sombre mood in this photo. We could surmise that 1991 was a challenging year for the sisters as a collective unit.
10. 1993 – No location
The smiles are back. It has now been 18 years since the first photo and this shows that they are committed to this project. On a deeper level, it shows that they value the annual meeting that they have.
11. 1995 – Marblehead Massachusetts
On the 20th anniversary of the first photo, the sisters seem happy and they are holding tightly to each other. Their bond has clearly been growing stronger with the passing time.
12. 1997 – Wellesley Hills Massachusetts
One of the most remarkable changes that we can see is the happier gives as the sisters have grown older. They seem less defiant in their poses and more joyful at the opportunity to spend time with each other.
13. 1999 – Unknown Location
Most of the sisters might be grandparents at this point. They pose very close to the camera, not shy of the signs of aging now being visible on their expressions.
14. 2001 – Unknown Location
The ocean is in the background so we can surmise that the sisters are vacationing together. They seem much more relaxed, and some of them even indulge us with a half smile.
15. 2003 – Unknown Location
There seems to be some tension, and a hint of fear, in this photo. At least one of them seems to be experiencing some trouble and uncertainty on the personal front.
16. 2005 – Cataumet Massachusetts
Two of the sisters in the foreground are dressed in all white, which might signify something. There seems to be a bittersweet fell to this photo, some joy mixed with sorrow.
17. 2007 – Unknown Location
All the sisters now have visible wrinkles on their faces, but they still proudly pose close to the camera lens. It is clear that they are not superficial about the aging process.
18. 2009 – Unknown Location
The sisters are back to staring straight into the lens. They are holding each other in solidarity, which is reminiscent of their earlier photos.
19. 2011 – Truro Massachusetts
Individuality is back as all the sisters pose differently for this photo. They now seem to be within the 70 – 75 years age bracket and they still seem hopeful for the future.
20. 2014 – Unknown Location
While we have been maintaining a two year gap between the photos profiled in this piece, it seems right to finish off with the last photo that was taken in 2014. This photo perfectly encapsulates the relationship that they have with each other. They are all smiling and holding to each other. The bond is still there 40 years later.
They also seem to be less guarded about their pose. Their smiles are much softer and less cautious than they have been during the earlier years of the photography project.
This 40 year journey has not only chronicled their relationship with each other, but their personal growth as well. We have seen each of them changing some aspects, while still retaining their individual identity that makes them unique.
Scientists Are Reviewing Household Amazon Products, And We Can’t Stop Giggling
Amazon is a great place for getting just about anything. But if you don’t read the reviews, you might not get what you pay for. If you’re one of those people who does this on every item that you’re thinking about purchasing, then you might want to hold on to your seat because you’re about to laugh so hard that you might not be able to compose yourself.
Scientists started reviewing products on Amazon, and you might be surprised what common household items can be used for. Who would have known that people who work in the sciences could have such great sense of humor?
We all know what paintbrushes are used for, but they might be good for people who work in neuroscience. This scientist says that these artist paintbrushes can be good for manipulating 20-micron sections of bird or fish brains in a cryostat of -20 degrees Celsius. No one would have guessed.
Vaseline is often used as a moisturizer for dry skin, but no one would have guessed that it can be mixed with skunk essence to lure black bears into a snare. According to this scientist, she only wished it would come in larger sizes because she wanted to order large amounts of it. Who would have known that such a common item had such a specialized use?
According to this scientist, colored nail polish is an essential item for any tropical first aid kit. You can use it to clear out baby maggots. Just apply it to the larvae and leave it there until it dies. After that, you can just pull it out of the area. According to
this scientist, it can be a great way to keep track of infestations throughout the season. That’s good to know in case I need to go trekking through the Amazon.
While colored nail polish can be great for people who need to do field work in a tropical hellhole, clear nail polish can be great for sealing coverslips on microscope slides. But this scientist warned people not to use the sparkly kind. Makes sense.
We all know that it’s called “superglue” for a reason. It can be used for anything from fixing a broken coffee mug to reattaching something from a sculpture or figurine, but no one would have thought that it can be used for attaching RFID tags and radio transmitters to bees. The only problem is that an angry bee can instantly attach to human skin. While it would no doubt be an unpleasant experience, you can’t stop laughing at this one.
According to this scientist, a gas-powered leaf blower/mulcher from Ryobi can make a great way to get insect samples from vegetation. He just sews some small mesh bags that he attaches with a rubber band to keep them from being chopped up. Who would have thought that a common garden appliance can be helpful for people who are involved in the study of insects?
Family Dog Grabs Baby By Its Diaper, Then Mom Sees the Surprising Reason Why
A young mother saw how her 17-month old little baby was grabbed and hurled by her dog and she was totally shocked. But after a closer examination, she made an incredible discovery of why the loyal dog did such act.
Loyal Dog Protected Injured Sister Stranded On Railroad Tracks For Days
It Seemed To Be Very Bad
Denis Malafeyev felt his heart paralyzed when he saw the train approaching. On the railroad was an injured dog that couldn’t move. He prepared for the worst but then something unbelievable happened. A dog appeared like an angel and stole the hearts of many on the Internet.
The Case of the Ever-Growing Nose – Medical Kindness in Action
Young people are constantly afraid how they look will reflect on their social status and getting through teenagehood. So imagine how fearful and frustrating it could be if, beginning with the most socially impressionable phase of a young life, your nose started growing uncontrollably. This is exactly what happened to one young lady from Louisiana, Pamela Ichard.
Pamela grew up with a very normal childhood. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary and looking at all her school photos, nobody would notice anything out of the ordinary. However, at 15 and going through her worst phase of acne, Pamela realized her facial changes were not temporary and something more serious was occurring. The acne was more severe, and the actual surface of her skin was transforming around her nose. Everyone thought it was just a bad case of acne that she would grow out of, like every teenager before. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
What was actually happening to Pamela was a skin condition known as Rosacea. It would progress into most of her adult life, but as a teenager she had no idea. Pamela simply thought she was unlucky kid with bad acne. In her 20s though the difference in her nose became apparent. No longer did she have the thin cute nose of her childhood. Instead, her nose was already larger, rounder and more pronounced. This became very evidence as Pamela entered motherhood and had two children. What she thought at first was just a skin reaction turned out to be permanent disfigurement of Pamela’s nose. In addition, the rest of the skin around her nasal area and cheeks changed texture and become rougher and uneven. As her children grew older, Pamela resigned herself to a more and more pronounced facial feature without any solution or cure.
By the time Pamela was 46, she had lived with her form of Rosacea for more than 30 years. Specifically, her severe condition is known as Rhinophyma. The exact reason why it affected Pamela is unknown but the physical deformation is obvious, and in her case literally on the front of her face, a practically unavoidable situation in terms of being seen. This affected Pamela psychologically, changing her temperament from a happy young person to a chronically unhappy adult. And it was not as if Pamela didn’t seek help; she tried multiple doctors and ten times as many prescriptions. However, none of the drugs or medicines prescribed had any effect. Instead, her condition just seemed to get worse.
Finally, being a 2016 case on a TV show called the Doctors, Pamela let the entertainment world see her condition on the off chance someone medically might have a solution. It worked; Dr. Ann Zedlitz agreed to take on the case surgically and help Pamela. The results were amazing. Pamela finally had a normal-looking nose and face again after three decades of suffering. And best of all, the surgery was provided for free. Since the surgery Pamela has begun enjoying her life again and, best of all, she’s smiling again.
Identical Triplets Take DNA Test Just To Discover The Truth
The Dahm Triplets have shared an intriguing life story full of twists and turns. From their humble small town to the showbiz screens of Hollywood, they have seen and done it all! Here is an interesting look at how things turned bizarrely unexpected in March 2017, reshaping their destinies.
The Dahm Triplets
The Triplets were born on December 12th 1977 in Jordan, Minnesota. They were born and named Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn in that order. They definitely look alike with their blue eyes and blonde hair.