What The Human Body Looks Like At 100 Years Of Age
Photographer Anastasia Pottinger was once approached by a 101-year-old woman who wanted her body to be photographed in the nude. She was up for anything Anastasia would ask for with only one condition – the photos should keep her identity a secret. Pottinger was fascinated by the results, recognizing that the photos she had were special. This is how the “Centenarians” project was born.
Little by little, Pottinger has been approached by other centenarians also willing to pose in the the same way and have their aged bodies documented with grace and respect. Her photography focuses on small, intimate details, exploring the unconventional beauty of the human frame. “Viewers are visibly moved by what they are looking at,“ claims Pottinger. “Whether it‘s wondering, ‚is this what I‘m going to look like?‘ or remembering a loved one – the response seems to be universally emotional on some level.“
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Whenever I see an older person with beautiful wrinkles and knobs on their fingers, I think they must have really lived their life. I have to talk to them to listen to their journey in life. I find them to be very beautiful.
This presents the beauty of the ageing human body, it says to be proud of your body fat or thin, old or young, mother , virgin, male, female or straight, strong, weak, fragile, twisted, deformed, shurken or any other way a body can be. All bodies are beautiful.
I find myself horrified and saddened.
I was too. Not so much horrified, but quite sad. I don’t fear death at all. I fear getting decrepit.
Awesome. We are so disconnected from aging. It used to be that one saw their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and close friends age. The wrinkles, the decline, the wisdom. Now we separate ourselves from aging and pretend changes don’t exist. As a RN who cares for many 80-90+ year-olds, I think it’s imperative we re-engage with this natural process. Presently we’re capable of extending life into the centarian years. We need to be frank about what that looks and feels like! The photos are beautiful!
This is shockingly wonderful. They look like old trees.
My mom was 93 when she passed away. She was in a nursing home for one yr prior to her passing. Her body looked like a young woman’s body! Her skin was smooth and even toned. She was beautiful. I wish she had known how truly beautiful she was but I don’t think she believed us when we told her.
My mom has been getting more beautiful as she reaches 80. I hope the same happens to me! : )
She probably passed because you put her in a nursing home, shame on you.
Sherry, staying at home is best sometimes but it can cause isolation. Isolation is deadly, good nursing home environments provide a social outlet for residents. Please hold your judgment unless you know the particulars.
My grandfather passed away in a nursing home because his PT was there and he was too frail to transport to and fro. He had many visitors and during his short stay he was happy and knew he was loved; he was also very pleased with the staff.Many parents wind up in NHs simply because their children cannot give them the specific care that they need. Your comment is callous and hurtful. Unless you know the situation personally, please don’t judge.
hey young person, this is a terrible thing to say. please delete your comment. Everyone have their story and you don’t know Sherry’s. You have no right to judge her family’s decision on this.
I wish we could all know that we will be touched, held and loved. That would be the most reassuring to me. I don’t fear the wrinkles. So if you know people in their 80’s and 90’s, don’t forget to give them hugs, a back rub or foot rub when you see them. I’m sure most will be very grateful. Or get them a massage if they would accept that.
My mother, who was in her 80″s at the time, told me the worst thing about getting old was that people stopped touching her, hugging her..kissing her! So, after that conversation, I made sure to greet her with great affection…and she loved hugging and kissing back!
Absolutely beautiful. The first thought that came to mind was a tree.
Poignantly beautiful … reason to celebrate and reflect. Thank you to all who participated.
The human body at this age looks like a beautiful old oak tree
Hi I really impressed with your comments, liked it so much old oak tree has great value of memories and has given and delivered a lot to the nature so the human has made great efforts to this world, wish you happy and long life
Perhaps centenarians look like many different trees in the old growth forest including my mom who passed two months shy of here 102nd birthday and her aunt who will be 103 in August.
Yes, it does. It’s graceful and majestic and haunting.