“Young Love” is a virtual photo exhibition of a couple who fell in love at the age of 90
Text Timo Huttunen and the “Young Love” exhibition Photo Alina Birjuk
The exhibition by Alina Birjuk depicts the love story and ordinary daily life of Linda and Uno, who are over 90 years old. You can access the photo exhibition by clicking here.
“The first time I met Linda and Uno was in the autumn of 2020. I was walking home and saw the two lovers and decided to take a photo of them on my phone. I knew in that instant that I wanted to get to know them better. After posting a picture of them on Instagram. A friend of mine contacted me and told me it was their grandmother in the picture. Uno and Linda were happy and open to collaborate with me. Being around them and getting to know their story, felt refreshing and inspiring for me. I could not let go of the idea that it’s only young people who can fall head over heels in love. I realised true love can strike no matter the age., ”describes photographer Alina Birjuk talking about her project.
Uno and Linda fell in love in 2014 after Linda asked Uno on a coffee date. Three weeks later, Uno invited Linda to his place to return the favour. After two evenings spent together, the couple realised how much they enjoyed being around one another. From then on, they’ve been inseparable.
“The older we get, the faster time goes, and the more you feel like you are too busy and have more and more things to do. We like to think we still have a long time ahead of us, even though the years keep passing at speed light. I haven’t done anything to make my life last longer, and Linda hasn’t either. We don’t want to teach anything to the young, we want to learn from them. We’re only 95, our whole lives are in front of us,” explains Uno about his life and love.
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