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Joan Lobis Brown | Women of an Uncertain Age

Posted by staff on April 5, 2019

Joan Lobis Brown


Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms



Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms, is a portraiture series—accompanied by text culled from interviews—that focuses on American baby boomer women of diverse races, religions, sexual identities, professions, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


These women born between 1945 and 1964 were the first generation to expect that they could “have it all”: equality, family, careers, health, and prosperity. Now, they face challenges brought on by the demands of growing older while continuing to enjoy those same meaningful and evolved lives.


Women still are the targets of sexism and ageism. Older women are often invisible, remaining largely unseen by members of a youth-oriented society and underrepresented in popular culture and imagery. They are often euphemistically described as being “of a certain age,” as though an acknowledgment of maturity might be taken as an offense.


These photographs and stories bear witness to a generation that never gave up.


Joan Lobis Brown



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Linda Alterwitz | Super Powers | Portfolio ShowCase 12

Posted by staff on March 29, 2019


Linda Alterwitz | Super Powers | Portfolio ShowCase 12


In 2015, I was given the opportunity to teach thermal photography to hospitalized children at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. For 20 minutes, each child had superpowers, seeing and photographing what others could not see using a thermal camera. We played games of discovery to understand contrasts in temperature and the transfer of heat. The older kids tended to be more willing to take a chance by photographing their hands and arms, and the medical equipment they were attached to. After 20 minutes, I captured a portrait of each child using a high-resolution thermal camera.


Thermal technology is typically used for detecting heat loss in buildings, research, surveillance and detection of chemical, biological, radiation, nuclear and explosive materials. Radiating from these children are the biological commonalities that unite us – breath, sweat, inflammation and the warm circulation of blood. Some of the portraits appear haunting and ghostly, while others glow brightly.


Through the “game” of thermal imaging, I intended to subtly communicate the idea that science helps us see the truth, the inner workings of the world so that we can better understand the body and its needs. There is hope in that understanding.


Linda Alterwitz is an interdisciplinary artist with diverse interests in the fields of medical research and the natural environment. She has exhibited her work in both traditional exhibitions and site-specific installations in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, China, Spain, Israel, Greece, and Poland.

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