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.
These Siberian Cats Are Essentially Tiny, Adorable Bears!
If you are anything like us, you probably love the idea of a large, fluffy cat. These are some of the most adorable animals in the entire world, aren’t they? Unfortunately, there are many of us who cannot take them home because of allergies. If our allergies allowed for it, we would keep a house full of them! Every time we have the chance to check out our dream cats, our hearts ache.
Now, this story is providing further insight on one of the cutest breeds of cat on the planet. Sergey Lebedeva and his wife Ally are here to provide a glimpse into their daily existence. We must admit that we are already quite jealous. Those who reside in and around Barnaul, Siberia get to check out these cats all of the time and who wouldn’t love them?
They look like tiny, fluffy bears. These cats are not your usual barnyard animal! Sergey and Alley have basically given their land over to these cats and for good reason. Wouldn’t you do the same if you were in their shoes? We would love to spend some time with these cats in person. We are in the process of booking a trip to Siberia right now.
All jokes aside, this is one of the most adorable initiatives that we have ever seen. Can you believe this location got started with just one cat? The story begins back in 2004. 15 years ago, there was just one of these Siberian cats at this location. From there, the animal gave birth to a litter. Once the first five ginger kitties arrived, the brood continued to grow.
Sergey and Ally were more than happy to welcome them to the premises. Now that these cats have been allowed to live in peace, they have continued to multiply. We are sure that no one is complaining, though. We wish that we had enough land to let these cats run wild and free. This is the way that animals should get to live. We envy them greatly.
Who would’t want to live on a great, big farm like this one? These cats have everything that they could ever possibly need in this location. All of their needs are met and they do not have to worry about any interlopers coming along. Sergey and Ally give them the love and protection that they deserve, while allowing them to live the life that they have always desired.
Now, there are hundreds of these cats residing here. It is like something out of one of the cutest indie films that you have ever seen. The rabbits and chickens that reside on this farm are also more than happy to have them near. The cats love protecting them and they are always on guard. The chickens and rabbits have the ultimate peace of mind.
Top flight security guards are hard to come by these days and that’s why these cats are so wonderful. They are not there to soak up all of the family’s resources. The cats are able to earn their keep. Ally and Sergey do not have to spend their time securing the premises, since these cats are holding it down on their behalf.
In the meantime, we are going to have to ask you to share this story immediately. All of the cat lovers in your life are definitely going to appreciate this one. While we cannot head to Siberia right away, we are going to keep a close eye on this location. This is one of the best farms on the planet and this is objectively true. We will not be accepting any dissent on this one at all.
These are the Rarest and Most Valuable Items EVER Featured on ‘Pawn Stars’!
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Everybody thinks that their favorite dog breed is the most loyal on Earth. However, some breeds are inherently more loyal than others. If you’re a dog lover or looking to purchase a pup in the future, this list can help you make that choice. Each breed on this list has been rated as among the most loyal and dependable dogs by experts on canines and various breeds on the market today. These breeds are truly the most loyal that you can find!
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A Helpful How To On Managing The Chaotic Realities Of Co-Parenting And Moving
Moving is a process that no one likes to go through if they can possibly help it. If you are anything like us, you like to avoid it at all costs. There is simply too much to do. Organizing all of your possessions is never easy. It is easy to become overwhelmed with the process, that is for sure. That’s why we love to rely on helpful guides that are provided by those who have been there in the past.
Take the mother in this story, for example. Angela had to take on the realities of moving while also dealing with the realities of co-parenting. Neither of these processes is fun and we cannot imagine having to grapple with both of them at the same time. It is not easy to juggle the needs of an entire family, while dealing with the logistics that are associated with a major move.
This is something that Angela knows firsthand. Co-parenting is tough to navigate as well. In order for Angela and her boyfriend to get settled in their new place, they had to move further away from his co-parent. This is not a pleasant process and no one likes it. The prospect of taking someone’s child further away from them is not something that anyone can feel good about it.
Sometimes, life takes us in unexpected directions, though. At times like these, all we can do is buckle up and hope for the absolute best. Angela’s boyfriend shares custody with his co-parent and they once had the luxury of living 15 minutes away from each other. Thanks to the move, that distance has doubled. Angela and her boyfriend have handled the process in a very amicable manner, though.
They did not want his co-parent to feel as if she was being left out of the planning. While this move was not an interstate move, there was still much that needed to be figured out before all parties involved could move forward. They talked a lot along the way, in hopes that they could avoid any sort of detrimental issues. Luckily, it did not take long for them to reach such a point.
All is well now because they took the time to keep the co-parent looped in during the process. Sometimes, it is really that simple. In some instances, families are going to live close together to make life easier on their children. But what happens when that is not possible? That is when you have to be real about things and have an honest conversation with your partner.
If there is nothing else that you take from this story, the importance of maintaining an open line of communication during these processes. A child needs to know that their parents have their best interests at heart. When they do not, they will often make decisions that do not benefit the entire collective. That’s what makes Angela and her boyfriend’s story such a special one.
They could have easily told his co-parent that she would simply have to deal with whatever decision that they made. Adults have to come together and respect each other’s lives. Moving is hard enough without upsetting your partner’s co-parent in the process. Let that be a lesson to you and yours going forward.
These parents did what was best for their little guy and now all parties are able to move forward in an amicable manner. The plans are now in motion and the move is expected to go off without a hitch. The move is going according to plan because Angela put in the necessary time and effort. There are no shortcuts in these instances. Please be sure to share her learnings!
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