The tradition of representing young women to emphasize the ephemeral nature of beauty is very old, as is that of showing older, physically worn women to encourage reflection on time's work. Beauty tends to be idealized and eternal, while age takes the features of a particular body. Photography, condemned to uniqueness, though it sometimes achieves archetype, shows us old bodies only through "portraits," always returning to the unique and the intimate. Evergon shows viewers, simply and respectfully, the nude body of his aged mother — evidence of a situation that existed between Margaret Lunt and her son. Then Evergon poses, like his mother, "à la Olympia," placing the pair as an OEdipal couple.
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