Photographer Anastasia Pottinger was once approached by a 101-year-old woman who wanted her body to be photographed in the nude. She was up for anything Anastasia would ask for with only one condition – the photos should keep her identity a secret. Pottinger was fascinated by the results, recognizing that the photos she had were special. This is how the “Centenarians” project was born.
Little by little, Pottinger has been approached by other centenarians also willing to pose in the the same way and have their aged bodies documented with grace and respect. Her photography focuses on small, intimate details, exploring the unconventional beauty of the human frame. “Viewers are visibly moved by what they are looking at,“ claims Pottinger. “Whether it‘s wondering, ‚is this what I‘m going to look like?‘ or remembering a loved one – the response seems to be universally emotional on some level.“