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Some Thoughts on Being Mortal…

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There’s a completely interesting thread over at the Magnum blog that was started by Alec Soth about the idea of AGE and ART. Interesting and the responses were too. You can read it here.

Of course, some of the responses resonated with me, particularly those which mentioned the challenges of raising family, working full-time and trying to balance one’s art practice. Patricia Lay-Dorsey had this to say:

Alec, your question is a good one. Of course, aging women have a tougher row to hoe in ANY field, whether it’s photography, finance, politics, etc., especially if they want to break into a new field of endeavor.

But I’ve found the most damaging agism is INTERNALIZED agism, the attitude too many folks have that they’re “too old” to try new things or venture out of their comfort zone, especially with any kind of serious intent to make their mark in that new field. Sometimes you’ve just got to tell your inner critic to shut the f***k up and get out there and do it!

But that’s true for all of us, no matter what our age or sex. It takes guts–as per the interview you posted introducing this thread–to follow your passion, especially if that passion takes you into uncharted territory.

I hear you Patricia! And as corny as it sounds (and yes I’ve mentioned it here before) you just gotta keep on truckin’! This was also reiterated recently by Helen Ennis who delivered a lovely seminar about a photograph by Olive Cotton, who was still making photographs late into her 80s. According to Helen – who clearly has the best attitude – the best is yet to come! I’m completely excited about the images I’ve yet to make! Now if only I could juggle better…..

Lastly… a Tuesday night treat:

img506Lucy and Clare (from the Siblings series)

Written by Lee Grant

December 2, 2008 at 8:42 pm

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