Photographer takes pictures of naked - and beautiful - older women

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:09:41 AM. 'It's my body,' a model says. 'I'm so glad I'm alive. Who's going to judge me?'
Libby Magness Weisberg waits at her Cherry Hill condo in a plush pink bathrobe and animal-print slippers. In a few minutes, she will pose for photographer and artist Nancy Hellebrand — completely naked. Weisberg is 90. Her body bears witness to the progression of life, of carrying and breastfeeding three children, of age spots and wrinkles and sags, of hips that creak and shoulders that hunch, and all the other travails and indignities of getting old. Some might call her body a battlefield. Hellebrand calls it beautiful. “I love their wrinkles,” says Hellebrand, 73,  tall and lean with a shock of wild gray hair and round, red glasses perched on her nose. “I love their skin, the way light is on their skin. It’s a different version of beautiful. In younger women, the skin is taut. In older women, the skin is the opposite of taut … and it has its own strength.” TRACIE VAN AUKEN / For the Inquirer Photographer Nancy Hellebrand is creating nude photos of women’s bodies, often focusing on parts and small details. Intermittently for the last few years, and with particular focus in the last few months, Hellebrand has sought out women of a certain age to photograph nude for her “Body of Awareness” project. At her light-filled South Philadelphia studio, she has larger-than-life blow-ups of her photos — never the face, but close-ups of different areas — shaped into 3D forms that accentuate a torso with a fold of skin, a pelvis with strands of short gray hair, the sag of a...Read more
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