Portrait of The Nineties
A definition of nonagenarian in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “a person who is between 90 and 99 years old.”
My paternal grandmother lived for 100 years. I saw her transformation in her physical appearance over the years, yet her vibrant inner spirit, which illuminated her path in life, remained the same. I believe that one’s inner spirit leads to their perseverance in life and affects how they age.
This photo series consists of composite photos of nonagenarians, combining current images with images from their past. Some photos go back to their childhood. The transformation, perseverance, and memories are what I am trying to present in this body of work. I choose people in their nineties because they are the best to showcase these elements. I and my husband work together in visiting with and taking the current photographs of these inspiring nonagenarians. The past photographs are provided by the families. I pick, compose, and layer the images to make one connected composite between the past and current.
This is an ongoing project that is still growing.
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