The very long but also very beautiful title of this book quotes the American natural philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Charles Albert Lucien Snelling (Charlie) also knows his way around dealing with the passing of time. After his children had moved out and after the death of his wife, he lives alone in a little house painted yellow and orange at eh southern coast of England.
Julian Germain’s photos depict how Charlie organizes his daily routine, cares for the garden, solves cross word puzzles, listens to music or flips through photo albums. Julian Germain’s photobook showed up like a family Album from the 70s. Current photos are supported by historic ones from the time of the Snellings, and they both come together as an homage to a fulfilled life. The important things in life, as Julian Germain shows, are free. One just has to be willing to embrace them.