'She Astonished Me'

PHOTO by Anna Shulyatyeva

In today’s society and its cult of youth, beauty and excessive consumption, seniors are shunted to the side. Retirement is associated with poverty, helplessness and loneliness instead of with welfare, peace and love. Photographer Anna Shulyatyeva decided to see how these stereotypes correspond to reality by photographing couples 60 and older.

Some of the people in the photos have been together for a long time while some had just had their very first date. All are residents of the town of Kotlas in the Arkhangelsk region. Their romantic walks in parks, evenings in cafes, quarrels and reunions barely correspond to their age.

Lenta.ru has decided to point out that it's not late to dream of happiness at any age and under any circumstances.