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K. Bernstein Enduring Beauty

Karla Bernstein

About the artist: 

"I recently retired as a nurse practitioner, having worked in women's health since the 1970s. The mysteries of the 'how-to' of health and wellness filled my early professional days. As I matured within the role, I was awed that patients allowed me into some of their most intimate moments and thoughts as we worked together to identify and respond to their health challenges. I realized that it was this trusting partnership that was the foundation for a successful healthcare journey. I saw the beauty of the human body and mind within the illness and aging process. With my photography, I aspire to identify, capture and reflect the same sense of mystery and awe that resonated within me during clinical practice."

About the artwork:

"This is one of a series of botanical images I took celebrating the beauty of our own human process of aging. While working in my garden, I thrill to the loveliness of each species' blooms. While the colors, textures and shapes create a feast for the eyes, their traditional beauty is fleeting. I've become increasingly intrigued with photographing the blossoms and foliage as they age--the shapes, lines, muted colors and textures that appear with nature's involution. While I work to capture the lines and creases that emerge, I'm drawn to the beauty of the aging process itself--the way our skin's texture transforms over time, the way our faces change, becoming even more interesting and captivating."

Visuals editor:

Justin Sanders