While this weekend’s weather isn’t reflective of one’s typical stereotype, Spring is here and with it comes the desire to run outside and do crazy things like swing and frolic and, in certain instances, remove one’s clothes. If it were up to me, any day in April where the temperature is above 65 would be designated as a clothing optional day. We’re tired of heavy sweaters and coats and need a chance to exist at the other extreme where nothing is weighing us down. By May, we’ve gotten that out of our system and we’re ready to be somewhat socially cooperative.
Spring brings out a certain joy in people regardless of who they are. Those over 60 are just as happy for the warmth and sunshine as are those under the age of 6. Both are anxious to not be trapped inside a house or office all the time. Playgrounds become popular places again. Lunches are taken outside on benches. Clothing, where it exists, becomes lightweight and flowing. Goodbye, winter! Hello, freedom!
In that spirit, we took our friend Jamie out in nature recently, and photographed her doing her thing; standing in the sun, swinging, and enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Okay, so the swinging part doesn’t work quite as well as it does when one is six, but outside that, she had a wonderful time.
What bothers me is how we censor our activities once we get past the age of 40 or so. It’s not that we don’t still do the same things we did when we were younger, but we don’t admit to them as readily and we rarely take photographs of those moments. Photos of women in their 60s tend to be indoors, in front of a painted background, wearing their best Sunday dress. We create this image of mature women either being the strong matriarch of the family or the lonely widow waiting for her turn to die. We completely avoid the fact that as we are living longer, people still enjoy having fun, they are still sexually active, they still enjoy most of the same activities as someone half their age.
Except swinging. The swinging definitely did not go well. Equilibrium doesn’t always work the same as it did when we were six.
Our thanks to Jamie for getting up early and playing in front of our camera. Thanks, also, to Kat for taking care of Jamie’s hair and makeup. As always, click on any of the thumbnails below to view the entire set.