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Photographer and TED Fellow Isadora Kosofsky is a chronicler of love, loss and loneliness. In this searching talk, she shares photos from her four years documenting the lives of a senior citizen love triangle — and reveals what they can teach us about the universal search for identity and belonging.

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38 Comments on Intimate photos of a senior love triangle | Isadora Kosofsky

  1. Thanks for sharing this information…

  2. Rachmadi Wibowo // 19th October 2018 at 5:17 pm // Reply

    Im s h o o k e t h

  3. Ted… are you okay?

  4. Knight_of_Toast // 19th October 2018 at 5:18 pm // Reply

    whatever floats their boats. I could never spend my life with more than one person.

    • Oda Mae Brown // 19th October 2018 at 5:48 pm // Reply

      Right, too much trouble. I wish she had elaborated on their lives previous to becoming “lonely” & “elderly”. It’s almost like they have just given up, after years of vibrancy. Or maybe they just don’t want to die alone — but, we all die & don’t know if we’re alone or not. Depending on your beliefs, I imagine we never know if we died alone.

    • Knight_of_Toast I’ve come to the conclusion, that some people thrive on drama, they need need it to feel alive. Whatever the Trio’s got going on, it seems to be working for them.

    • Hmmmm careful of being so sure about that.

  5. What is this soy cuckiness? what triangle? If you are a real man there is no one floating around your woman. too much lefty soyness on ted

  6. Alex Anastasi // 19th October 2018 at 5:22 pm // Reply

    This is what TED content has devolved to…a 17 year old girl, photographing…this.

    • Alex Anastasi // 19th October 2018 at 9:18 pm // Reply

      +Nick Bread 1.) If you listen closely, you’ll note her saying that she bagan her ‘project’ at the age of 17.
      1.)No, not *everyone* can say they’ve done as much with the aim of understanding. Personally, studying psychology, sociology, and other such topics related to my career has been how I’ve chosen to understand (and more importantly, serve others). I believe academic study and a position of service is a far more effective and ethical approach to gaining understanding, but that’s my opinion, you obviously have a right to yours.
      3.) I applaud *her* mature approach to her endevours, my critisism was not aimed at her, rather the adults associated with this uncouth and morally questionable ‘study’. I am of the view that this is beneath the calbre of work we’ve come to know TED for. Good luck to you and thank you for your thoughts.

    • Alex Anastasi // 19th October 2018 at 9:34 pm // Reply

      In response to Nick Bread (My response keeps getting deleted)

      1.) You’ll note, she said she was 17 when she began this project.
      2.) No, not *everyone* can say they’ve done as much with the aim of understanding others. I personally find academic study (sociology, psychology and such) and reputable positions of service far more worthy of merit.
      3.) My critisism wasn’t actually of the young girl, but the adults who allowed her involvement in this uncouth and morarally questionable study.
      This type of content is below the calibre of work we’ve come to know and admire TEDs for. (I wonder if this response will be deleted yet again.) Good luck to you, and thank you for your thoughts.

    • Alex Anastasi TED has definitely run off the rails as far as content goes. But it’s still provocative, shakes people out of their box, and that’s something!

    • Alex Anastasi // 19th October 2018 at 9:49 pm // Reply

      +Laurie Paris ‘something’ indeed. haha. Seriously though, the internet has no shortage of provacative click bait type content, it’s a shame to see TED going down that path. TEDs talks have always been educational, informative, mentally stimulating; The last 5 years? rather disappointing. Have a great day!

  7. Andrew Campbell // 19th October 2018 at 5:26 pm // Reply

    I feel bad for the ladies, they want him, and he wants to be selfish

    • Andrew Campbell They’re all selfish. Isn’t that the point of this? No one wants to sacrifice their own happiness for another’s. And so they roll along.

    • @Laurie Paris They’re not selfish. They’re practical. At age 90 (or wherever they all are) good companionship can be extremely hard to find. They have it together, albeit not perfectly. Good for them.

  8. Come at me Bro! // 19th October 2018 at 5:26 pm // Reply

    Lol , go get emm grampa


    • Oda Mae Brown // 19th October 2018 at 5:51 pm // Reply

      The women don’t seem happy in most of their photos. I’d like to see a follow-up, documentary style, film all about what led them to be in such a situation. And how they actually feel, coming from their mouths, not only this wonderful photojournalist’s interpretations.

  10. Refined4hizpurpose // 19th October 2018 at 5:44 pm // Reply

    I don’t follow TED often but the few I have listened to have been interesting. I thought this was touching and sad and it makes me wanna make sure I show seniors love because they still want to be loved and cared about like anyone else and to not be forgotten just because their not in the same stage of life as we are.

  11. looks like Will is manipulative old jerk

  12. caroline bjerkelund // 19th October 2018 at 5:55 pm // Reply

    Just because you are old, does not make you a good person.

  13. im disappointed, I thought one of the women was bisexual and had loved the other women but she loved the man and the man loved the bi women. and that THAT had been going on for many years without them realizing it.

  14. Beverly Jensen // 19th October 2018 at 6:10 pm // Reply

    Consenting adults, no judging. Their business. But I would smile and say hello. I’m very happy they have found companionship. That they alone sounght to help themselves. I’sn’t real life drama better than watching tv till you die ?

  15. Tiphene Lechleiter // 19th October 2018 at 6:51 pm // Reply

    Beautiful photographs.

  16. A whole lot of nothing about an unhealthy relationship.

  17. There really is no set rules when it comes to romantic love

  18. Wtf has TED come to

  19. Jasenka Vukelić // 19th October 2018 at 8:03 pm // Reply

    You are enough!

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