Emily Stein photographs her friend Nora who, as Emily describes it doesn't see her own beauty.

Words and photography by Emily Stein.

"Shooting the older women that I have have has taught me a lot about getting older. Photographing Nora has felt liberating, optimistic and very youthful. She seems to come alive infront of the camera."

Emily Stein

I think our society places such an importance on age. We all think we 'should' have become or be certain things at certain ages - these things don’t necessarily make us happy and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. I am 36 and I have a 2 year old son. I am not 'young' anymore, but I do think that all the women I know are happier in their own skin now, than they were in their 20's. Shooting photo's of older women has taught me a lot about getting older. Photographing Nora has felt liberating, optimistic and very youthful.

"Occasionally a magazine or brand will make a point of doing an 'older Issue', but then things go back to how they are the models ages drop back down."

Emily Stein

Emily Stein

Nora is 72 years old and shooting her is an ongoing project I am learning from her every time that we meet. She seems to come alive in front of my camera. I think she enjoys being recognised and maybe seen again. I am becoming increasingly aware that 'being seen' seems to get lost as we age. Nora is an exceptionally beautiful woman, who has no idea of her own beauty, but she wants to see it. I think that’s why she lets me take her photographs. She thinks young people view older people in a tangled way. As she says, most people don’t even think old people still have sex.

Emily Stein

In this day and age we are so bombarded with ideals of youth and perfection which makes us all perhaps overanalyse how we should look, how we should live and how we should behave. It’s a bit scary. Occasionally, a magazine or brand will make a point of doing an 'older Issue', but then things go back to how they were and you can watch  as the ages of the models drops back down. I think all of us need to become more content with our ages. We really need to start celebrating the beauty of people of all ages. 



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