the past thirty-five years I have been working with older people and taking
photographs of them. I like to consider myself a Visual Gerontologist.
I'm a baby boomer who entered the field of aging in the late seventies.
My first mentor asked the question, How will older people find purpose
and meaning in their life in a culture where they don't seem to serve
any purpose? They are no longer productive.
leaving Graduate School I received a fellowship to the Maine Photographic
Workshops and started my quest to answer that question. I approached
my subjects from the perspective of a social worker who was curious
to know how they used their time as they grew older. My camera has focused
on the spirit of strong elders living meaningful lives - often in spite
of physical suffering - and the strength and joy of intergenerational
ties. My work has been exhibited in public places, has won awards and
has illustrated textbooks, journals and other print media since the
late seventies. I like to believe that my photographs have helped create
a positive view of the aging process for students in the field of Gerontology
as well as the lay person picking up a brochure, who soon enough will
be a baby boomer!