Ages of Us

WHAT IS #Ages Of Us?  

"Ages of Us is an interest in the process of ageing, the effects of that unstoppable process on our physical being and how our attitude, conscience, hopes, aspirations and desires change as we go through the stages of life. Age is one of the great and uncurable mysteries of science.  We are told that lotions, potions, diets and lifestyle changes can slow, change and increase the effects and duration of this process but nothing can halt the inevitable destination.  

Physically age has obvious visible effects and in the recent past I’ve done projects marking the beauty and elegance of old age. Beyond the lines and wrinkles of old age is an unseen life lived, a past filled with experience and learning, acquired knowledge and sometimes wisdom. In getting there we go through changes in our perspective, ideals and opinions, hopes and aspirations all influenced by our age.

Therin lies my interest and the start of an idea for #AgesOfUs that led myself and Emma (via coffee and cake) to decide the project should look at three broad stages of life, Youth, Middle and Old Age.  In doing so, #AgesOfUs asks who we were, who we are and who we’re going to be asking questions about our past present and future."

The Location: California. To travel one of the "So Cal" tourist loops during the summer holidays to meet and photograph as many tourists and locals as possible in an 18 day trip. Start and finish in LA.

The Bench: The bench is the constant, staying the same distance, angle and height to the camera at all times. In the left seat  (to camera) I will sit persons 0 - 25 years, the middle seat 25 - 50 years and the right seat 50 + years.

The Questions: Where possible and when willing, participants will be asked the following three questions about their past, present and future.

1: PAST: When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?  

2: PRESENT: What was important to you when you were young?

3: FUTURE : What would you like to do in the future, whats left, what plans do you have for the future?