A back of one of Hellebrand’s subjects — an area she photographs and then shapes into 3D forms.Nancy Hellebrand

Photographer takes pictures of naked – and beautiful – old women

Libby Magness Weisberg waits at her Cherry Hill condo in a plush pink bathrobe and animal-print slippers. In a few minutes, she will pose for photographer and artist Nancy Hellebrand — completely naked.

Weisberg is 90.

Photographer Nancy Hellebrand is creating nude photos of women’s bodies, often focusing on parts and small details.Tracie van Auken / for The Inquirer
Photographer Nancy Hellebrand is creating nude photos of women’s bodies, often focusing on parts and small details.

Her body bears witness to the progression of life, of carrying and breastfeeding three children, of age spots and wrinkles and sags, of hips that creak and shoulders that hunch, and all the other travails and indignities of getting old.

Some might call her body a battlefield. Hellebrand calls it beautiful.

“I love their wrinkles,” says Hellebrand, 73, tall and lean with a shock of wild gray hair and round, red glasses perched on her nose. “I love their skin, the way light is on their skin. It’s a different version of beautiful. In younger women, the skin is taut. In older women, the skin is the opposite of taut … and it has its own strength.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Inquirer

4 weeks ago

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