If you’ve never heard of the Brown Sisters, then an article that easily summarizes their chronicled photo project can be found here. But if you already know about them, and their forty plus year journey of posing together, you know there is something inherently beautiful to be found here.
Above pictured Heather (26), Mimi (18), Bebe (28), and Laurie (24) in 1978.
The sisters easily represent and symbolize the passage of time and the immutable undercurrent of familial (particularly sibling) bonds. I’d seen the chronicled pictures previously, but only until today, when faced with a growing internal and personal transformation of my own, did I fully connect the significance of what they’ve presented to the world.
These sisters stand beside each other, year after year, until (assumed) present day for the next picture. We know nothing about the state of their relationships to each other save for the obvious willingness to commit to continue the project every single year. We know nothing about their current personal issues, marital status, plot in life, where they’ve been, are going, or even where they live. I suppose these are facts that could be dug up, but for the photo project to work, and to convey its message, none of that is necessary. It’s implied.
The sisters love each other. When you scan through the years, the bond is evident. Their eyes speak. The love and the core relationship to one another, is evident. It’s beautiful. Moving. And touching. But moreover, the significance lies in the fact that time is the great revealer. Time is transient. What’s here one moment is gone the next, all seemingly at random. They speak to what’s really important in life — that which doesn’t abide by time, but rather, that which is unaffected by its unmerciful march. What time can’t touch.
Overall, the emotions evoked are heart-wrenching. Especially when you truly look… and earnestly see.
Above pictured Heather (62), Mimi (54), Bebe (64), and Laurie (60) in 2014.