When I was Young, I was Considered Beautiful
Norma Holt is a ninety+ year-old prominent New York and Provincetown (MA) photographer who continues to actively pursue her art and enjoy all of what life brings her. Through Norma I am telling the universal story about aging and how one person creates a meaningful life with deteriorating physical state.
When Norma was young she was beautiful – and she still is. Norma is an inspiration. Someone who is still thinking and creating and transforming her work and devising new projects and loving life irrespective of the physical challenges that aging brings.
This body of work is an intimate portrait of an independent creative spirit who also photographed artists. This portrait of Norma's later life (from 89 years old on) is told both through words and photographs. The words are serendipitous "Norma Wisdom" quotes, hopes, desires and longings. Her words are interspersed amongst imagery depicting Norma herself: a consummate artist and fierce soul.
(In Norma's world there is never a dull moment and retirement is NOT an option.)
I first met Norma in the summer of 2007 when she and I were both, by chance, visiting the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown. We struck up a conversation that began a friendship, a photography project, and a journey for us both that continues to this day.
Jane Paradise is a San Francisco and Cape Cod based photographer.
Paradise’s recent work include a series on women in their 90’s aging in America that reflects both beauty and sadness irrespective of physical circumstances. She is also working on a body of work called “Not Quite Strangers” photographing private moments in public places and “The Blue Comma” a series on Provincetown MA. Most of her work deals with people, their inner landscape, and how they are situated in their environment.
Jane Paradise is a San Francisco and Cape Cod based photographic artist.
Her photographs are in the collection of the Southeast Museum of Photography and many private collections in the United States and Europe. Paradise shows regularly at Gallery Ehva in Provincetown and in group shows at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
Recent exhibitions include: a solo show, “When I was Young I was Considered Beautiful” at the Griffin Museum of Photography,“ Big Picture” show, Cape Cod Artist Association, the Worldwide Photo Biennial in Buenos Aires, SNAP exhibit at the Bedford Gallery in California, the New England Photo Biennial at the Danforth Museum of Art in Massachusetts, and The Prime Years exhibit in Houston and Dublin Ireland. Paradise’s work has also been included in group shows at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Minneapolis Photo Center, PhotoPlace in Middlebury Vermont and RayKo Gallery in San Francisco.
Paradise was the recipient of a juror award from the Cape Cod Art Association Big Pictue show, Gold and honorable mention awards in the Worldwide Gala Awards; and received three honorable mentions in the Lucie (International Photography Awards) contest.
In addition to the frontispiece of “The Magic Tower”, her photographs have been published in the Provincetown Arts Magazine, Boston Globe, Sailing World, The Newsletter for San Francisco City Guides, and other publications.
She has studied photography with, among others, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, Constantine Manos, David Hilliard, and Amy Arbus and for one year in London at the City of Westminster College.
Paradise is a trustee of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) and former Deputy Director of the International Museum of Women.
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