I’m talking about real seniors – senior citizens – old age pensioners – third age people – the grey generation whatever you like to call them – (us, I’m one too), they seem to be ignored by so many photographers, unless perhaps they are 115 years old and live in the deepest rain forests of the Amazon jungle.
Youth and beauty. Is that all thats worth photographing? Look at most photographers portfolios and you will have a vast majority of images of the young, new borns, children, teenagers, senior high school girls, engaged couples, newly weds, young parents and children, so the cycle starts again.
Look at anyone giving demonstrations or lectures on how to take portraits and you will have a stunningly beautiful young lady in front of the lens. Job more than half done before the shutter is released.
I’ve decided to try to reverse this trend. I think that the 60+ generations are our greatest assets. (Well, I would say that wouldn’t I, being in that generation myself!)
Our generation have seen change, have lived through ups and downs many times, have countless memories to pass on. How many times have my photographic subjects said to me that they wish they had more memories of their parents/grandparents. Parents readily take multitudinous pictures of their children but not of their parents yet they are the ones that will go first and their faces will gradually fade from the memory. I remember my own Mother after my Fathers death treasuring more than anything else a photograph of him which she had put inside a locket.
I love photographing my own generation. I can talk to them in their own language – (complete sentences not text speak) talk to them about things they understand not the latest pop idol sensation and get that personality through into a final picture which their children and grandchildren can treasure for evermore.