Writer/photographer Connie Springer became dismayed by her once vigorous mother's increasing mental decline as she aged into her eighties. Springer wondered whether incapacitation was inevitable if we live long enough.
After two years of photographing and interviewing twenty-eight nonagenarians -- people in their 90s -- Springer learned that despite losses and hardships, these individuals continued to actively participate in their surroundings and maintain an interest in others.
Among the traits these POSITIVELY NINETY nonagenarians had in common were thinking in terms of purpose and goals, caring about others, and keeping their minds and bodies in shape with exercise and stimulating pastimes.
Supported by a City of Cincinnati Individual Artist's Grant, Springer has published a book based on her traveling exhibition of photographs and narratives of this POSITIVELY NINETY generation.
CONNIE SPRINGER is a freelance writer, photographer, and archivist who moved from the East Coast to Cincinnati 25 years ago searching for Utopia. She has been a writer and photographer for local and national publications including ESL Magazine, TASTE, Citybeat, and Edible Ohio Valley. Springer, who has been awarded and widely published, specializes in human interest themes in her photography-- adoptive families, children, the elderly, and intergenerational and multicultural images. In 2002 she self-published a photo datebook, OUR FAMILIES: A CELEBRATION OF ADOPTION, a project partially funded by a City of Cincinnati Individual Artist’s Grant. Her latest undertaking, interviewing and photographing “lively nonagenarians” (people in their 90s), was also awarded a Cincinnati Individual Artist’s Grant. This book is based on her traveling exhibit, POSITIVELY NINETY: Interviews with Lively Nonagenarians.
POSITIVELY NINETY Interviews with Lively Nonagenarians Published October 31, 2011
POSITIVELY NINETY Published August 23, 2011