Bare bodies of young and spry 20- and 30-somethings are the ones we typically see splashed across covers of magazines and frolicking through advertisements. The nude bodies of 100-year-olds are not.
Photographer Anastasia Pottinger sought to capture the beauty of an aged body with her collection "Centenarians," a series of black-and-white photographs of the naked bodies of individuals 100 years or older.
"This body of work was born out of the opportunity I had to photograph a 101 year old woman who volunteered, on her own accord, to model nude for me. It was merely an exercise in documenting her form in a beautiful way," Pottinger writes on her website. "When I later reviewed the images on my computer, I knew I was looking at something very special. It was when I began exhibiting the work that the idea to continue the series was born. The response to the images has been remarkable. Viewers are visibly moved by what they are looking at."
She explained to The Huffington Post that her first model, Lucy Hall, initially wanted to remain anonymous. Yet when she saw the final product and the response to it, Hall agreed to come out and talk about the experience.
Pottinger is working with a literary agent on a book deal at the moment and is actively seeking more centenarian models.