Imagine for a moment that you have been alive for 100 years. In your lifetime would have been two World Wars, the sinking of the Titanic, the end of horses on city streets, the invention of the computer and the first man to walk on the moon. It’s a fantastically long time to experience and photographer Karsten Thormaehlen is getting well aquatinted with those who know, taking portraits of centenarians. Her beautiful images capture both the far reaching wisdom of years and joy these elders of our world possess.
The portraits feature in her new book, MIT HUNDERT HAT MAN NOCH TRÄUME (Happy At One Hundred in English), which includes contributions (in German) from philosopher Wilhelm Schmid, publicist Henning von Vieregge, as well as the 101-year-old writer Elfriede Brüning.
With current advances in technology, from growing new organs, to stem cell research and mapping the genome, will we be able to live as long as these gracefully aging individuals? It’s looking more and more possible… and that’s a great reason to smile.