In Tom Hussey’s series “Reflections” elderly people look back at themselves in their younger years. Hussey, a commercial advertising and lifestyle photographer, created the series for pharmaceutical drug company Novartis’s Exelon patch, an Alzheimers medication.
Hussey was inspired by a World War II veteran who said, “I can’t believe I’m going to be 80, I feel like I just came back from the war. I look into the mirror and I see this old guy.” Hussey wanted to show his subjects in their natural surrounding while completing their everyday tasks and reminiscing about their earlier lives.
To capture his images Hussey hired a team of dopplegangers that had a 40-50 year age difference and dressed them in retro uniforms to match the subjects profession. Hussey said it was most important to have both subjects at eye level to each other so it would appear they were looking back at one another and sharing a moment.
For his series Hussey won a Gold Addy Award from the American Advertising Federation and was featured in Communication Arts 2010 Photography Annual. Hussey has done other work with veterans including his Masters of Fine Arts thesis exhibition about understanding veterans in the Vietnam War Era, titled “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You.” He also works with the Vietnam Veterans of America, a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of veterans.