Goulburn photographer Tina Milson’s work has been selected for inclusion in the FACS Art of Ageing Exhibition.
She made it to the final shortlist of six photographers chosen from hundreds of entries from across regional NSW.
The exhibition will be shown in NSW Parliament House in March 2018 and then travel to various regional galleries across NSW.
With a growing ageing population in NSW, this exhibition will aim to challenge the stereotypes surrounding the ageing population, with a series of 30 images by photographers. It will show the unique and diverse ways in which older people can contribute to, and enhance communities.
Each photograph will be accompanied by a short story, highlighting the subject’s experiences and reflections on ageing.
Mrs Milson said she was thrilled to be selected for the exhibition.
“It is fabulous. I am very excited about it. It is a great project,” she said.
“What I am particularly excited about is the subject is ageing and it is all about celebrating older achievers in our communities.
“There are so many amazing people out there giving back to their community.”
Mrs Milson said there is a lot of age is a state of mind.
“I am 61 and I don't think being over 50 is old. I have a 95-year-old mother going on 50,” she said.
“If you have your health and a strong mind and resilience to get on with whatever it is then that is all you need. Age is a state of mind. I know people in wheelchairs who tell me ‘life is good.’
“I recently asked a woman in her 80's recently what she thought about old age and she told me she did not have time for getting old – that she was too busy, which is a great attitude.”
Mrs Milson said she was still seeking subjects to photograph.
“I am still looking for subjects if people have an interesting story – just people who have contributing to the community in some ways,” she said. “As I am taking these pics I am thinking outside the square.
“I am trying to not only portray people who contribute greatly to the community, but also people who we might not know about yet - the quiet achievers. I am also trying to bring in the Paragon Cafe because it is just so associated with Goulburn.
“We have until the end of October to have out photos in – not a big time frame – we only submit our images – they do the printing. We submit 18 photos and they choose six – these will travel around the regional galleries.”
Those interested in Tina Milson’s Portrait Project can find her through the Goulburn Post.