The Aging Project
The Aging Project is about being given a second chance, new life and purpose.
I have entered my 60’s, and aging terrifies me. As a nurse I became the main caregiver to my late parents and aunts, I saw very active vibrant people become limited by physical and cognitive deterioration. After these losses, and my time once again became my own, I sought out a diversion. I redirected my energy by renting a small space at the Winsmith Mill Market in Norwood, MA, a vintage furniture co-op. I began repurposing furniture for resale.
During their declining years, I had taken multiple pictures of my parents. The raw emotion of those times, though years had passed, still made it difficult for me to view the images. The photographs that I show today have helped me in my transitional grieving.
With each portrait you can see that once the utility of an object is removed, the beauty of the object emerges. With time these beauties will find a new home and even a new purpose. The Mill is a monochromatic background filled with clutter. Within the confusion of it all, it is difficult to isolate any one item. The images that stood out to me were the ones with a bright flash of color set against a very monochrome background. When I reflect on the twilight years of my parents and now my own, I find day-to-day living can also be very monochromatic with the occasional bright flash of color.
The Aging Project demonstrates that aging, though difficult and permanent, can be beautiful.
Judith Panagotopulos is a street photographer living in a suburban town outside of Boston MA. Her first experience with photography was as an adolescent recording her family’s history. She describes herself as a snapshot photographer. The concept of snapshot was derived the early 1900s as a quick shot fired by a hunter with no deliberate aim. By the end of the century this term was used to describe photographers who captured every day life. Panagotopulos’ passion is to capture the moments of everyday life.
Panagotopulos has studied at the New England School Of Photography (NESOP). She has had the privilege to work with Harvey Stein photographing people in New York, Boston, South America and Europe. She has studied Polaroid transfer with Anna Tomczak in Italy. A new interest in multi-media projects that include her photography has led her to study with Multi Media artist Louise Freshman-Brown.
Her photography has been influenced by a diverse group of artists including Andre Kertesz, Dorothea Lang, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Eugene Richards.
Panagotopulos’ work has been shown at The Griffin Museum, Umbrella Arts Gallery and Broom Street Gallery in New York City, and a solo show at The Perch Coffee Shop in Walpole MA.
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