Beall told ATTN: that she wanted to portray more seniors in her photos because many have expressed to her that they "feel invisible" in the world.
But according to Beall's Facebook analytics, Gerry and Darwin's portraits have reached more than 2.8 million people — a small yet significant step in capturing the difficulty and beauty in aging.
She plans on making the portraits of Gerry and Darwin just the beginning of a larger photo series that will be made into a book.
Gerry herself had this to say to Beall after receiving news of the far-reaching photos:
As we get older, we stray further and further from Hollywood’s photoshopped idea of beautiful — and so we try to hide the signs of age — but WHY? ... We are afraid we cannot be loved as we are because we don’t love ourselves as we are. The real truth is that we cannot love or be loved if we try to be anyone ELSE! ... We wanted to show that wrinkles and aging, sagging body parts are NOT barriers to love unless you let them be.