Living Out Loud

When was the last time you heard the aging process described as honorable or fascinating? Beautiful, even? It’s about time for a broader perspective.

Happily, the women featured in veteran celebrity photographer Peter Freed’s collection of portraits — now compiled in a book titled Prime — provide exactly that.

Freed’s project profiles more than 120 women — all over the age of 35 — who boldly faced his lens without makeup or artifice. Each unretouched image is accompanied by thoughts from the subject about her life. Read the full story at Experience Life here (LINK)

EVERYDAY IS A GIFT!

Book Give-a-way: https://experiencelife.com/giveaway/prime-reflections-on-time-and-beauty-giveaway/

Prime Book with Christy Turlington, Alexandrea Fuller, Cindy Joseph, Ellen Fisher Turk, Karen Walrond, Martha Joy Rose, Shiva Rose, Mihea Kim, Elizabeth Lesser, Juliett Branker, Mireille Guiliana, Brene Brown and more, by Peter Freed

Prime Book with Christy Turlington, Alexandrea Fuller, Cindy Joseph, Ellen Fisher Turk, Karen Walrond, Martha Joy Rose, Shiva Rose, Mihea Kim, Elizabeth Lesser, Juliett Branker, Mireille Guiliana, Brene Brown and more, by Peter Freed

I’m on the left: Martha Joy Rose

Age: 58

Profession: Educator, activist

On the fire of purpose: My friend Pam donated her kidney to me 15 years ago. I was a decent person or she wouldn’t have given me a kidney — but her generosity shifted my priorities. I became fiercely committed to having a life that benefited not just me but other people. We can’t always change the body; I know that intimately from being ill. But we can feed the flames of life, passion, and purpose.

On celebrating reality: I love myself, and I have to tell myself that every day. If I didn’t, society might tell me I need a facelift or I’m too old. Or that I should be wearing heels or be 20 pounds lighter or that I shouldn’t have pink hair. That I should get some injections. The antidote to that is literally to tell myself, I love me. Then I surround myself with people who will celebrate me, and I will celebrate them.

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