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This picture captures for us the promise of adolescence and young adulthood: energetic, hopeful, and ready to offer their many gifts to the world around them.
Website to see more of Michael R's work: http://micmon.net/mlr
They say that love is a many splendid thing, but stress and financial
worries can put tremendous pressures on a new relationship. Deciding if
and when to marry, whether they should buy a house, and if they should
have children are all decisions made more difficult under these
Location: Oslo, Norway
A love between a mother and her infant is the infant's first love affair. The capacity to develop and thrive depends on the love of a devoted caretaker.
Website to see more of Jan Roger Johannesen's work: http://www.sxc.hu/gallery/Rotorhead
Families with school-aged children are often working overtime to manage all of life's demands. Here, they are at their best, during the brief time they have to be together without the stresses of everyday life. When cultural pressures are high, a parents way of communicating to their children how safe the world is will determine whether they adjust successfully or not. In a chaotic world, children need to feel that they will be taken care of.
Website to see more of Justin Ochs' work: http://www.sxc.hu/gallery/ajmac
Location: Somewhere in USA
Middle age can offer a family greater financial resource than they had in their earlier years and greater community connection. However, the awareness of Peak Oil can also bring the awareness that all that "security" they were hoping for in a few short years may have evaporated. A "middle age crisis" takes on a new meaning when not only "youth" but electricity, gasoline, and a host of other scarcity present themselves.
Website to see more of Fran Pristelli's work: http://www.sxc.hu/gallery/the_franz
To quote the photographer: "I like this shot 'cause I feel like they've been victorious in life... meeting each other and living at a farm... "
People in a more agricultural time were a valuable source of information to those starting out. In more recent times, they have been the ones that are often lectured to instead of turned to for advice. What will our elderly do if needed medication becomes in short supply?