Warts , scars & love handles … women over 50 expose themselves physically, emotionally and intellectually so we can adjust our collective mind to what society celebrates as real beauty.
My subjects of choice have always been personal and aspirational. I am a storyteller, and coming up with passion projects to focus my lens has never been a problem.
Unfortunately, my most recent endeavor has been met with a visceral push back. And I personally relate, but instead of giving up, it propels me to persevere. The resistance makes me believe it's an important project in today’s narcissistic climate of superficial beauty.
I photograph women over 50 as they are. Wrinkles, scars, love handles and all. No photoshop or lens distortion applied. True beauty transcends the physical.
These days, I pass a reflection or the mirror and turn away. But late at night when the sun sets, and I think how I want my legacy to be remembered. It never includes physical beauty, but it does include: raising a son on my own, running a business that was a passion, and so many other big and little milestones I have accomplished. Including the complex act of surviving as a woman on my own!
Physical beauty is fleeting, but who we have become in today’s world is beautiful. I want to capture my contemporaries as they are — honest and real — and expose society to the truth. Real beauty, along with our warts, scars & love handles, are our badges of our beautiful lives, well lived. They should be revered as reminders of who we are: beautiful inside and out.