Coops the Label: The beautiful new intimates line to rival that of Kim K
Coops the Label: The beautiful new intimates line to rival that of Kim K

Sarah Finnan

This Blackrock Victorian villa is on the market for €2.85 million
This Blackrock Victorian villa is on the market for €2.85 million

Megan Burns

‘It was a campaign about reproductive rights. But it transcends and becomes a question about how we treat women in our society’
‘It was a campaign about reproductive rights. But it transcends and becomes a question about...

Jennifer McShane

Finding the perfect work-life balance: Magic or myth?
Finding the perfect work-life balance: Magic or myth?

Sinead Brady

Adare Manor review: We found the most luxurious mother-to-be treat in Ireland
Adare Manor review: We found the most luxurious mother-to-be treat in Ireland

Dominique McMullan

WATCH: The trailer for the new Monica Lewinsky crime series is here
WATCH: The trailer for the new Monica Lewinsky crime series is here

Jennifer McShane

It looks like Electric Picnic isn’t going to go ahead this year after all
It looks like Electric Picnic isn’t going to go ahead this year after all

Sarah Finnan

Everything we know about Netflix’s must-see series ‘Inventing Anna’
Everything we know about Netflix’s must-see series ‘Inventing Anna’

Jennifer McShane

Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock are back with a second collaboration
Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock are back with a second collaboration

Holly O'Neill

10 brilliant Netflix picks worth a repeated watch
10 brilliant Netflix picks worth a repeated watch

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

Photos of Decades-Long Love Stories


by Jeanne Sutton
17th Feb 2015
blank

old man and woman kissing

How do you make a romance last fifty years? In a world where we joke about starter marriages, it’s a question we should probably ask more often.

Photographer Lauren Fleishman hasn’t exactly found the answer, but her latest project, a book called The Lovers, sheds some light on what it takes to commit to another soul for the majority of your life. The Lovers looks at the love stories of couples who have been together for over five decades.

Fleishman told time.com she was inspired to embark on the project after finding her grandparents love letters from World War II. They had been married for 59 years and met on a blind date. After her grandfather’s death she discovered a diary next to his bed where the letters were stored. ?I love you with all my heart, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life,? he wrote in one letter.

These letters led her to seek out other couples with such long-lasting relationships. Fleishman’s origial goal was 50 couples, however it fastly became 100. She photographed the couples kissing, going about their day, sharing household tasks, looking after each other.

love stories

She collected stories that show you just how prejudiced society can be when it comes to people’s privates lives. In the New York Times she pointed out how one same-sex couple she met had to introduce themselves as siblings to hide their relationship. The female half of a mixed race couple in England found herself disowned for marrying a black man.

The effect of the photos on people are heartwarming, with the tales of love enchanting readers. ?In the media you just don’t normally see older people in this way. I wanted to connect people to these couples in the way that my grandfather’s letters connected me to him,? Fleishman said in an interview with time.com.

The protraits are also a way to erase the boundaries between young and old people. ?There is something in a kiss that allows you to see past age. Love can be new and young again,? she says.

Have a look at some of the photos below. Not a dry eye in the Image.ie house…

laurenfleishman.com

love stories

Yaakov What is the secret to love? A secret is a secret, and I don’t reveal my secrets!”

love stories

?Yevgeniy We met at a dancing party. It was in January 1938. My friend invited me to the party, he said there would be a lot of beautiful young girls. Another cadet with high boots had approached her, but she didn’t like high boots and so she said no to him. I was the second one to approach her. I had a different uniform, but I’m still not sure if it was my uniform or my face that attracted her to me.?

love stories

“Golda We knew each other before the war, but we never spoke. He was with other girls because he was much, much older than me. You know, he was very nice-looking! He was a tailor, and he had a place where he made suits for men. When we came back from the war, he had gone to my sister’s house. I was staying with her. In August of this year, we will have been married 63 years. I would say love came little by little. Not right away. We were young. And he was older, but I liked him. He spoke to me in a very nice way.”

love stories

“Gloria Well, now I gotta tell you a really funny story about that date. I was the kind of girl, with most of my friends, that when we went out on a Saturday night, Sunday mornings we were busy on the telephone telling each other how our dates were and I was the kind of girl that I fell in love right away. So the next day, I would tell my friend, “Terrific, I mean, I’m in love already.” But after the first date with Sol, I did not feel that way. I told my friend, “No, he was very nice. We had a good time, but that was it.” She was the one that came back with the statement, “I bet this is the guy you’re gonna end up marrying!””

Follow Jeanne Sutton on Twitter @jeannedesutun

Also Read

toxic
EDITORIAL
How to let go of toxic people, and the signs to recognise

By Niamh Ennis

blank
EDITORIAL
I’ve been ugly and beautiful and the difference is depressing

When I was 12 I wrote a story about two girls who were best friends. One girl, the main character,...

By Sophie White

Has society become more tolerant of the idea of dating interracially?
premium IMAGE WRITES, REAL-LIFE STORIES, RELATIONSHIPS
Interracial dating: “People kept asking ‘where is she from?'”

With diversity on the rise, what struggles do interracial couples continue to face today? Filomena Kaguako speaks to three couples about their experiences.

By Filomena Kaguako

blank
CULTURE
Reality Bites: TV shows like Love Island are warping our minds

It may be the most unifying show on television, but shows like Love Island are promoting some pretty damaging messages....

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
‘Why do we keep snatching normality away from our children?’

This summer the government will allow my children into a bar, but not to their gymnastics camp. Amanda Cassidy on...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
‘We have not heeded the warnings sufficiently’: The health emergency we’ve ignored while focusing on the pandemic

The climate change debate has been going on for so long its become white noise. But this week, the effects...

By Amanda Cassidy

Full House, onscreen father Danny Tanner
EDITORIAL
We’re remembering our favourite onscreen dads for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner (this Sunday 20h June, so yes, you do have time to buy yours...

By Grace McGettigan