Photographer Jan Langer explored the century-long lives of some of these people in a stunning photo series. His project compares portraits of Czechs when they were young adults and again when they’ve aged to triple digits.
The photos examine “the similarities and the differences in appearance and in physiognomy,” according to his website. “The characteristics of personality change throughout life but it seems as if individual nature remains rooted in the abyss of time,” his project description reads.
Vlasta Čížková, 23 Years Old (Finished Girl High School), 101 Years Old
Antonín Kovář, 25 Years Old (Bandmaster Of His Own Band), 102 Years Old
Marie Burešová, 23 Years Old (Wedding), 101 Years Old
Antonín Baldrman, 17 Years Old (Skilled Locksmith), 101 Years Old
Prokop Vejdělek, 22 Years Old (Oath Of Enlistment), 101 Years Old
Anna Pochobradská, Around 30 Years Old, 100 Years Old
Bedřiška Köhlerová, 26 Years Old (Wedding), 103 Years Old
Vincenc Jetelina, 30 Years Old (Finished His House), 105 Years Old
Stanislav Spáčil, 17 Years Old (Skilled Electrician), 102 Years Old
Ludmila Vysloužilová, 23 Years Old (Gift For Her Fiancé), 101 Years Old
Anna Vašinová, 22 Years Old (After Wedding), 102 Years Old
Ludvík Chybík, 20 Years Old (Skilled Confectioner), 102 Years Old