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The Bare Facts of Aging
Photograph by Sarah Leen

Hands seasoned by age spots and wrinkles from 87 years of living cradle soft newborn skin. Supple at birth, skin sloughs off and regenerates more than a thousand times during a human life, losing elasticity along the way. The culprits: environmental factors like sun and diet as well as the march of time. The desire for skin as soft and smooth as a baby's bottom drives the outlay of billions of dollars for skin-care products and plastic surgery.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Nikkor 55mm macro
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: I used a photo studio at National Geographic and lit my subjects with a soft box covered with a warming gel.

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