Aging is a topic of eternity. One may easily think of aging and loneliness as a constant pair but the latter could be a more ready bedfellow to photography, especially when at a festive time like Christmas. Those photographers shooting Christmas decorations alone out in the freezing wind may enjoy themselves. But the contrast of people in pairs or groups walking past them really makes the lone photographers pathetic in a certain way to me. This morning I got up early to skype my aged friend in OZ who was my host while I studied there. She has (now had) her 80th birthday today, and looking her face on the screen I was certain that she saw the irreversible force of time on my face too. Maybe aging is not only a topic of eternity, but also of philosophy.