Excerpt from my essay on this project:
For this project, I was able to photograph and talk with 50 participants about aging, and specifically going grey. About a third of the participants were friends, another third friends of friends, and the remaining number were strangers I approached on the streets or in restaurants. I assumed it would be a tricky subject to approach a person with: the fact that I was interested in photographing them because they had grey hair. But the response I received was always one of gratitude and honor. Once sitting across from me in my studio, the conversations ranged from women suddenly feeling “invisible” in society once they let their hair go grey or reached a certain age, to others who embraced their hair no matter what color after bouts with cancer, to the ones who dyed their hair most of their lives and finally let it go natural, or the men who suddenly were told they looked “distinguished.”
The purpose of this project started as a visual journey; a play on words after the popular erotica novel “50 Shades of Grey” made its debut. But the stories that came out, the views and opinions, the sheer and utter joy many of them felt when embracing their natural hair color really changed my entire approach. It was clear that this project was much more than shades of grey. It was about embracing ourselves, grey or not! I am happy to surround myself with confident, beautiful, and intelligent subjects who have provided me with the truth: beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. It belongs to those who fully embrace themselves, honor their natural journey in life, and who forever stay young at heart.