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Beautiful Self Portraits In A Classical Style Which Challenge Youth Focused Culture

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Beautiful Self Portraits In A Classical Style Which Challenge Youth Focused Culture

Stages is an experiment in self perception by photographer Laura Hofstadter. Using her large format camera and minimal props, the American photographer places herself in famous classical paintings and explores the different stages of loss and aging.

For Hofstadter, this series become a kind of journey in accepting her aging identity in a youth obsessed society. It also tells a loose narrative of her experience with breast cancer.

My hope is that viewers will confront preconceptions about youth, age, beauty, and body image when looking at these pictures.

So what does the title Stages mean?

"For me, the series is partly about coming to terms with different stages of life, loss, and aging, so the title refers to those stages of life that we all travel through" Hofstadter explains. "But the images are also conceived with a certain degree of humor and playfulness, and much of the hard work in creating these images was theatrical in nature, reminiscent of staging a play."

Hofstadter described the creative process of staging and shooting her self portraits as "liberating". Having the ability to embody different characters in different situations which are completely alien to her true identity was freeing. Sometimes she was a young woman, an old woman, a small boy, or an old man.

While the process of aging and experiencing disease often makes us feel powerless over our changing roles and identity, Hofstadter has found a way to effortlessly slip into different identities and time periods.

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