While strolling through the streets of Marseille’s magnificent Old Town some weeks ago I also took some photographs of local street life. While doing my selections / post processing a couple of images caught my eye. I realized that unintentionally I have captured humans in activities that for me are somehow representative for their respective stages of their lives. So I put them together in this post and wrote down a few brief thoughts coming to my mind when looking at those images.
I want to start with the elder ones. The generation that has built the foundations of what we live in today through a life full of work and caring for their families. The last stage can be a tough one. Poverty, deteriorating health, the loss of a partner, increasing loneliness. Still there are many that remain active, take their lives into their hands, find time to enjoy what they didn’t have time for during their working years. Still passing on their experiences and lessons of life.
The grown ones. The backbone of our society. Caring for both the old and the young. Having seen their share of life. Often captured within the treadmills of daily routine and the consequences of decisions they took many years ago. Sometimes thinking too much about what could have been rather than realizing what still can be.
And finally the young ones. Life is good, mostly. Uncomplicated. Full of perspectives, hopes, dreams. First love, the joy of having someone very special in your life. Using every opportunity to sneak away from guardians and burdens of school life. Happiness, laughing together, enjoying coziness. Our all future.
Forgive if these thoughts are too black and white 😉
All images taken within a single morning walk through beautiful Marseille with the PEN-F and the mZuiko 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 travel zoom.
Have a great week!