In 1964, New Zealand-born photographer Ken Griffiths set out to document the lesser seen happenings of ordinary people. The British-based artist, whose works have appeared in newspapers and in advertising, ended up publishing his photography in the series entitled In An English Country Garden. One of his subjects was an elderly couple, who he photographed every month until the wife’s tragic passing.
As MyModernMet reports, Griffiths unintentionally captured the realities of loss and love by featuring the Sweetmans. The loving couple lived in Three Cups Corner, East Sussex and happily posed for a portrait every month in their cottage garden.
For the first 11 photos, there is no discernible difference in the pair’s appearance other than the changing seasons. This, of course, is altered in the last photograph, where Mrs. Sweetman is noticeably absent. Without caption, the series implies the heartbreaking reality — that she died.
The grim yet beautiful undertones of the series resulted in it being published in The Sunday Times in March of 1964. To this day, it remains to be one of Griffith’s most important works, due to the quaint charm and unexpected poignancy which is presented.
Following is the series that heartbreakingly depicts the reality of love and loss:
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