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Positively Milwaukee: Woman captures 'passion at any age' with photography

Posted at 10:11 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 23:33:20-04

Heidi Wagner has been capturing humanity for 15 years.

"I just sort of saw it as this opportunity to tell a bigger story."

Wagner founded the Passions Project. She shares images of older adults and documents the beauty that comes from time and wisdom.

"I want them to feel that people still see them," exclaims Heidi.

Before Wagner clicks the camera she opens her heart and listens to her subject's story.

Her talent gives us a fresh lens on aging. And at Ovation Communities she discovered great subjects. Ovation Communities CEO MIchael Sattell adds,

"For them to be able to express themselves in this way, and to show the community and the rest of the world through publishing some of the photographs is very rewarding for everybody involved."

Wagner's from Racine and lives in Colorado. She spent two days at Ovation Communities August 27-29th getting to know residents.

"I want people to feel proud of the community of Ovation. I want people to feel proud that their living their life to the fullest and that they're continuing to see and explore what their passion is," insists Wagner.

Corrine Dropkin was one of Wagner's subjects.

"My passion is volunteering in the gift shop."

Staying active keeps the aches and pains of the 89 year old out of focus.

Dropkin declares, "I didn't think about..oh..I'm very sore here! Oh, I forgot that she laughs.

And Dropkin shares some of her prized wisdom.

"In order to make yourself feel better you have to give back something"

"Be grateful for what you have."

The Passion Project. Spotlighting simple moments. Making us mindful that sparkling spirits are endlessly young.

The photographs will be on display at the Ovation Chai Point lobby November 5th through December 31st.