The face of fifty
The onset of the fiftieth birthday marks a significant turning point in life for women. Living in a society obsessed with youth and beauty, many women fear invisibility as their looks fade while others feel bereft as their roles as nurturing mothers slip away. Along with coping with physical changes, the fifties become a time of reflection as women take stock of their achievements and accumulated wisdom. But the fifties also becomes a time of liberation and possibility, for many a window of opportunity that women in previous generations were not afforded. This series of photographs reveals the emotional landscape of women making this transition. The experience of each is individual, yet universal — as ageing happens to us all.