12/17/2013 07:03 am ET

Featured Fifty Fine Arts: Stairs

Danielle L Goldstein is a serious amateur photographer from Westport, CT. Though she primarily focuses on travel and street photography, she has recently been experimenting with more personal self-portraiture to explore themes such as one's relationship to physical space. Her work has been displayed in galleries in NYC and CT and can be seen at her website at

In this self portrait I look into the emotions experienced in midlife. Specifically, I explore the dual issues of coping with the inner and outer emptiness left by children leaving the home as well as the sense of invisibility that women often experience as they age. Although this stage in life is transitional, and can be accompanied by sadness, frustration and self-doubt, the final message is that midlife invites its own opportunities for self-exploration and, ultimately, for rich rewards.