For four decades Nancy Floyd promoted a routine to directly combat aging. The Oregon-based photographer has been taking photos every day since 1982 on a chair in her living room, standing on the porch or posing wherever she spends the day on her series. Weathering time. An upcoming volume published by Gost puts thousands of these images together in a visceral rumination about what changes with age.
Each black and white photo frames a posed Floyd who always exudes a calm, relaxed temperament and records the effects of time on her body, relationships and environment to deepen her experience as a woman in the US. While the images are deeply intimate and personal – many depicting their pets, hospital stays, and the aging of their parents – they also speak to the universal. Floyd devotes an entire section to “The Evolution of the Typewriter,” and the project creates a broad visual timeline of advances in technology, fashion trends, and major cultural changes.
At the moment, the series consists of more than 2,500 photographs, 1,200 of which are arranged in simple grids on 257 pages. Floyd used a film camera for the first 36 years of the project, a choice that allowed her to take a blank picture when she was unable to photograph herself, and only switched to digital last year.
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