May 5, 2009
The human body appears to liquefy with age. It actually grows more arid, but it seems to slowly melt into the earth. This metamorphosis, which seems to slowly drag every cell with it, is visually compelling. Its physical effects are so unlike the beauty of youth that they are often mistaken for its opposite.
If one takes the separate features of the old – the skin, the hair, the eyes, the posture – one finds almost no support for the argument that age possesses its own beauty. But, the whole often conveys something the parts do not.
What is this something?