OMSI photo exhibit shows the beauty, fierceness of older women – OregonLive

Posted: March 11, 2020 at 4:50 am

The Body Worlds exhibit currently on display at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry gives visitors an up-close into how the human body functions. In conjunction, OMSI is featuring portraits by a Portland photographer that explore the correlation between beauty and aging.

Beyond the 60th Sense was inspired by the 2017 Womens March and the #MeToo movement that followed. Pedro Oliveira decided that he wanted to tell the stories of fierce women over age 50 by taking portraits of them and letting their own words tell how they faced issues of body empowerment, ageism, and sexuality.

Some of the stories inspire, like that of 105-year-old Isabel (above), who cant really explain the secret behind her longevity: I smoked up to my 80s and always ate pork, and everything I felt like. It has more to do with genetics and happiness than anything else.

Oliveira, who is originally from Brazil, started taking commercial photos five years ago after leaving a career in computer science. He has a degree in communications from Portland State University. He says he hopes his photos get people to think differently about female beauty, getting away from the idea that beauty belongs only to the young.

Beyond the 60th Sense continues through Sept. 13 at OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave.

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