A Joyful Vision
Sometimes, aging can feel like a disability. An affliction that is unavoidable, like the terrible two’s and adolescence, but with a finality that can’t be overlooked.
When I initiated this series, I was drawn to Inge for her incredible presence and vitality. She defies the traditional ‘aging’ box in both her appearance and physicality. For the past several years, I have been working with this 88-year-old muse and have discovered a surprising revelation: there is beauty in aging. She is both mentally and physically active. Inge is in a loving relationship and has a multitude of people who care about her. Her face is etched by wrinkles but she carries herself with an elegance that has people taking notice when she walks down the street.
This image 'A Joyful Vision' serves as a way for individuals to reconsider themselves. It is a visual that can stand as a metaphor to demystify aging and encourage the viewer to continue to embrace the 'joy' in everyday living.
Author: Artist Bio for Mara Zaslove
Born in Burbank, CA, Mara Zaslove received her BA from UC Berkeley and her MA and MFT from Cal State, Northridge. She first had a career as a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist primarily working with children.
As a fine art photographer, her images have been showcased in juried exhibits across the U.S. and internationally including the 8th Julia Margaret Cameron Award held in Berlin, the ‘Art Classic’ exhibition at the Millard Sheets Art Center and the PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary.
She has acted as the moderator for several artist critique groups through the Los Angeles Art Association and curated an exhibition for l.a. photo curator. The photos from her series ‘Lifecycle’/’Don’t Send Me No Rocking Chair’ have received recognition in numerous shows including L.A. Artcore, ‘Bold Beauty’ at Pilates and Art in Echo Park, Biscailuz Gallery, Soho Gallery in NYC, TAG Gallery, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Groundspace Project and the Topanga Canyon Gallery. A ‘Showcase Portfolio’ of her work has recently been published in the Shadow and Light Magazine. Mara currently lives and works in Santa Monica, California.