This series of portraits from a larger collection featured in the new book Aging Gracefully, by photographer Karsten Thormaehlen, celebrates the beauty of the body's natural aging process. The book features both men and women, all over 100 years old. The images featured on The Cut offer proof that women also become further distinguished as they mature. What struck me was the vibrancy of the subjects in the photos. While for some their eyes might communicate a weary wisdom at having lived through wars, revolutions, and personal tragedies, there is still the overwhelming sense of joy to be alive.
Most of us will never know the heartbreak and terror of fleeing our country for the promise of safety elsewhere. Sinawi Medine, the photographer behind this series of images has. As a former refugee himself, he's felt compelled to document the dangerous and exhaustive trip taken for the opportunity at life. The images show the desperation and fear of those who make the trek. Quite poignant is the first image which is taken from the refugee's point of view. The image of a turbulent wall of seawater they must climb in their small, tightly packed raft offers insight into the state of despair one must be in to take such an immense risk.