Carole and Serge, 1982 | Carole and Serge, 1988 | Serge and Carole, 2014
When a couple is together for decades they go through all kinds of different phases together, especially when they're together from their younger days until they're old and gray, or bald as the case may be.
And while these changes aren't obvious to the rest of the world one look at photos taken in different decades of a person's life tells the whole story of how much they've changed, and how life has changed them, as time goes by.
Bianca and Ernesto, 1982 | Bianca and Ernesto, 1997 | Bianca and Carlo 2014
Photographer Barbara Davatz started her portrait series As Time Goes By back in 1982 and continued it until 2014, but originally she didn't intend the photos to become part of a series:
“As the years passed, I began thinking about the work again,” she told Slate, “becoming very curious about the diverse biographical and physical changes I imagined could have occurred in the meantime and gaining confidence in the potential strength of the new work.” She decided to continue the series, photographing it in irregular intervals, with each new session doubling as a small reunion. “I have always thought of them fondly, as my ‘photographic family,'” she explained, “and I have always been very curious to see what kind of people they brought into the new series (into the family!) each time.”
Fabian and Regula, 1982 | Vimbai, Regula, and Lukas, 1997 | Fabian, 2014