Al Bello Photographer

PICTURE STORIES: SENIORS OF THE FREEPORT RECREATION CENTER

This is a self assignment I did on the Senior Citizens of the Freeport Recreation Center in Freeport New York. These people are mostly in their 80's and 90's and migrate to this place at least 2-3 times a week. They all told me that being able to stay active in this Rec Center has helped extend their lives 5-10 years. I spent the better part of 4 months going back and fourth photographing them and getting know them. They all have a story to tell. It was a great feeling not having to fight so hard for access and deal with PR people, agents, leagues and other roadblocks in order to get the photos I wanted to do. It was a good photo exercise for me, and really enjoyed taking these pictures.

Phil Daurio, 82 , Gerson Sobel, 93, Dorothy Sellers , 90, and Fred Yarmie, 73, are all senior citizens who regularly exercise at the Freeport Recreation Center on JUNE 30, 2004 in Freeport, New York
  
Gerson Sobel, 93, of Rockville Center, New York swims his morning laps at the Freeport Recreation Center on February 6, 2004 in Freeport, New York.
  
Mickey Werner, 90 year old, of Baldwin, poses for a photo at Salisbury Field on May 4, 2004 in East Meadow, New York. Werner pitches for the Freeport Segulls of the Freeport Recreation Center in a Senior Softball league.
     
  
Ninety year old Dorothy Sellers of Freeport takes an aerobics class at the Freeport Recreation Center on April 22, 2004 in Freeport, New York.
  
Tony Napolitano 90 year old, of Freeport shoots pool at the Freeport Recreation Center on April 29, 2004 in Freeport, New York.
  
Francis Cotter plays Volleyball at the Freeport Recreation Center on March 16, 2004 in Freeport, New York.
     
  
Tom Dennison, 62 years old, of Rockville Centre takes an aquasize class at the Freeport Recreation Center on April 30, 2004 in Freeport, New York. Tom has Multiple Sclerosis and takes the class to stay in the best shape he can.
  
Fred Yarmie, 73 years old of Shoreham exercises on the Pec Deck machine at the Freeport Recreation Center on May 4, 2004 in Freeport, New York.
  
Phil Daurio 82, of Garden City, New York poses in front of a speed bag at the Freeport Recreation Center on March 16, 2004 in Freeport, New York. Phil was a New York Golden Glove Finalist in 1941.
     
  
A group of seniors who meet for volleyball twice a week pose for a photo at the Freeport Athletic Center on February 5, 2004 in Freeport, New York.