''40 Over 40''

In her ''40 Over 40'' portrait, 47-year-old Tomball native Robin Free is standing naked, with her back to the camera, hand on her hip, hair slightly blowing back like a goddess’s. She’s standing on her toes as if wearing five-inch heels. The show, comprised of portraits of 40 women who are over the age of, yes, 40, and wearing nothing, is by Houston photographer Jeff Myers.

The subjects are of all races and body types, striking unique poses. There’s one who has her arms stretched high towards the sky, elongating her body. Another sits with her legs strategically crossed over her lower body, perfectly composed. In one particularly striking shot, a woman sits with her back to the camera, a tattoo of a bird with its wings outstretched on her lower back subtly visible.

Myers used social media and word of mouth to find women for the project. He didn’t turn anyone away until he reached 40. Using a single light source against a black background, he’d spend about four hours on each shoot and then comb through the hundreds of photos until he found that perfect one.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Through April 17. Museum of Cultural Arts Houston, 908 Wood Street. For information, call 713-224-2787 or visit www.mocah.org. Free.
Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Starts: March 19. Continues through April 17, 2012

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