If we cannot redefine the illusions of misogyny, youth culture, and the mirror surface of consumer advertising, we will misunderstand that each mature woman holds within her a strident reality, a voice, and an unequivocal life.

The focus is on youth in our culture. A kind of misdirected absorption. The point of this series is to examine the beauty of maturity.


The women who understand love and grief, the realm of imperfection, who hold life with a tenderness, whose narratives are at times inconvenient, and whose intellect and sensuality has shifted with experience, are at once essentially knowledgeable, talented, mortal and remarkable. Irrevocably, mature woman are determining a widening space where patriarchy has no foothold.

Each environmental portrait of these women was photographed in the intimacy of home surroundings with their choices or lack of them. Each image serves to both confirm, celebrate (and disrupt) the accepted concept of maturity.



Margot Muir is a former Visual Arts lecturer at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. She is currently undertaking her doctorate. Married to a remarkable man, she has two talented sons and is studying photography as a mature student at workshops of the International Center of Photography, New York.  She is guided by a deep interest in documenting the nuanced lives of women and men.