About the Book
This book is about women in the middle of their lives. Photography has been used to record times of transition. The journey from childhood to adolescence has been widely chronicled. However, very little exists around 'feminine' midlife transition; it is virtually unrecorded, invisible. Women of an Uncertain Age sets about redressing the balance and find out how one varied group of women feel about themselves at this time in their lives. Accompanied by their own words and photographed in their chosen spaces, women in this generation speak and appear for, and by, themselves.
"Sukey Parnell’s photographic project, Women of an Uncertain Age, looks at the transitional period where so many women start to lose their visibility in society. Sukey’s pictures cut across class boundaries and capture the cusp between ages, revealing how we deal with what can seem like a precipice."
Anna Chen Writer, Broadcaster, Performer
I am a photographic artist working primarily as a portraitist and studying for a PhD. My particular area of interest is the transaction of the portrait - between photographer and sitter, and viewer and portrayed - and the representation of age and 'femininity'. Having worked in the creative industries as an actress and singer, I bring a 'theatrical' sensibility to my portraits, creating a moment of heightened appearance and loading images with a sense of the unseen psychic lives and character of my sitters.