What would you say if someone asked you to pose nude for a photo exhibition? One that would be seen by thousands of people?
Whatever your answer, it’s time you met Ponch Hawkes - a photographic artist, whose works have been featured in galleries throughout Australia and beyond. Her photographic exhibit, 500 Strong, celebrates the beauty and truth of being a women of a certain age.
Older women often speak of feeling invisible, of hitting middle age and finding their presence diminished. Even in art, representations of women beyond a certain age are limited. Hawkes feels that lack of documentation has a negative effect, preventing women from having a comfortable, and joyous relationship with their bodies.
Hawkes' work, 500 Strong, is a visual tribute to the beauty and truth of being a woman of a certain age, and her story about its creation is surprising.