My little sister shared a link to this project by Lauren Fleishman, and I was blown away. This is a project about love - that very special kind of love that spans decades and is worked at and treasured.
will share the love stories of couples who have been married for at least 50 years. Inspired by a letter my grandfather wrote to my grandmother during World War II (and rediscovered after he passed away in 2007), I began photographing and interviewing couples in the New York area as a way to preserve their stories and to illuminate our universal experience of love.'
'You know, I had never thought of him romantically! He looked at me the way a man who has just come out of the army would look at a sexy woman.'
Sheila Newman, Flatlands, Brooklyn.
Lauren is looking for funding to complete the project, and turn the stories and photographs of the couples she has met into a book. We don't buy gifts for Valentine's in our house, buy I would *very* much love a donation to fund this project as a gift to or from a loved one. The gift of preserving and celebrating real love stories? That is special.
To read more about the project and donate, click here.
To see more woks from this and other, take a look at Lauren's website.
All work by Lauren Fleishman.