Platinum Winner

The art of aging

Photographer

Arianne Clément

Category

Black & White Photography - Nudes

Company

Arianne Clément photographer

Submission Group

Professional

Year

2021

Country / Region

Canada

The Art of Aging



A photo story on the themes of beauty and sensuality in women aged 70 and over



What if beauty could not be reduced to an idealized aesthetic? What if, beyond the traces left by the passage of time on our features, beauty could be something less tangible but more lasting? It doesn’t have to be something that we are born with or without and neither does it have to be the privilege of youth. It is a way of being. Something to cultivate, teach and learn from, and something that each of the eight women (and two male partners) that reveal themselves in this project are marvelous examples of.



The elders whose intimacy is revealed and celebrated here share with me a notion of beauty and sensuality that inspires a state of grace. Lightness and depth are here side by side in a provocative but thoroughly pleasurable display. The models featured here answered my invitation issued on social media over the last few years. They were willing to contribute in their own way to redefine the way we view beauty, sensuality and old age.



These pictures aim to illustrate my irritation with the very conformist way we view beauty and with the pervasive presence of certain imagery that subdue many women into body shaming and a fear of getting old. Camera in hand, I hope to offer different images here – pictures that celebrate a diversity of bodies as well as a different way of feeling beautiful and sensuous.

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