Everybody who lives goes through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and finally old age. These are the stages of our lives and our body ages physically as we go forward in life.
People, art, and society generally shed the spotlight on each one of those life stages but one; old age. This stage in life is rarely discussed in terms of art. And this was a very interesting fact to the photographer Anastasia Pottinger that led her to the creation of “100: What Time Creates“. This is a photobook that is created by a set of portraits done to capture the amazing bodies of ‘centenarians. They are the people who have reached their 100th year in age. Scroll down to see these striking photos and to read more about this story.
What pushed this photographer to focus on this theme for her photoshoot and her photobook was that society, media, and everything else seems to be glorifying the youth as if aging is a bad or an unnatural thing. The beauty industry is one of the most revenue-generating businesses in the world and it is factual that people see aging as something not a part of human life. With no make-up, fancy clothing, or props, Pottinger focuses on the human anatomy, the wrinkled skin, and everything physical that signifies old age. This is her projection of the aged body to the whole world true the lens of her camera, backed up by talent and will to make this an accepted phase in human life.
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