There are some photos that radiate love and beauty. As soon as you look at them, you become utterly entranced.
That is the case with photographs of Darwin and Gerry, a couple that's been together for more than 20 years. They were taken by Arizona-based photographer Jade Beall, but aren't your typical photographs of just another embracing duo.
Darwin and Gerry are both in their 70s, and posed for the photographs in the nude.
The photos are going to be part of a series that Beall is doing on beloveds over the age of 60.
Gerry and Darwin's portraits are simple, pure, and tender, and show it is possible for love to grow even stronger with age.
The photos have also captivated viewers on the Internet. Beall uploaded the series to Facebook, and they have quickly gone viral: The Facebook post from June 24 has over 34,0000 likes and many positive comments about love and body image.
"They look so happy," one Facebook user wrote. "Even if you didn't find those bodies beautiful (and they are!) how can you not be moved to tears seeing the love that flows between them?!"
Another person commented, "For me, these are 1000 [times] more interesting to look at than photos of 'conventionally attractive' people. Conventionally attractive is beautiful too, but it's vanilla. What's weird is that most bodies are very different from the ones we are used to seeing. It's like we see 1 percent of bodies 99 percent of the time. I'm so thankful that there are people like Jade and her subjects who put so much into fighting this uphill battle!"
After hearing about the positive reactions the portraits received, Gerry wrote a letter to Beall about the photos, self-love, being positive and embracing all forms of beauty, "I am thrilled that so many people responded to these photos with HOPE for their own lives. It's WHY we agreed to uncover for the camera. We wanted to show that wrinkles and aging, [and] sagging body parts are NOT barriers to love unless you let them be. Like fine wine or good cheese, we are more fully ourselves and more full of love in our 70's than we ever were in our 30's and 40's – which were more painful, growing years."
The couple are in touch with their bodies and are proudly showing them off, which makes the photos even better. Not only do they show that love is beautiful, they also promote a body positive message for people of all ages.
(H/T: Bored Panda)