Photographer Hanna Weselius (b. 1972) wanted to challenge our antiquated notions of age, and our expectations of what elderly life is all about. Mary, who was about 80 when the photograph was taken, is an ex-Catholic nun who used to wander around flea markets looking for elegant outfits. The clothes in the picture were a recent purchase for some friends’ wedding.
“Old people’s lives, like anything else, appear as they are portrayed.”
- Hanna Weselius, 1999