‘If you are lucky, you get old’, this was one of the first things the elderly taught me when I set off to find out more about them.
In the project If you are lucky, you get old I tell stories of senior citizens I have met and spent time with. To my surprise, the old people were not just proud of their age and the fact that they made it that far in life, they were also still falling in love and breaking up. They were overcoming their lifetime partner’s death, living out their erotic fantasies or dealing with the loss of their sexual desire. Talking to them showed me that inner growth is ever lasting, and that humans even above the age of seventy continue to love, suffer, long, dream and have sexual feelings. You can see the whole project on my website.
The project has been very well received with publications in The Times and The British Journal of Photography, amongst others. The Times wrote: If you are lucky you get old is “funny, touching, and provoking”. The project has also been shown nationally and internationally, for example you can see here an exhibition in London.
I have started If you are lucky you get old a little while back spending time with senior citizens in retirement communities and senior centers in the U.S. Since I feel old age is such an important topic, I would like to continue the project this year. Up to this point I have told stories of five seniors, but I am hoping that with your help and generosity I will be able to tell a broader range of stories about different realities of senior citizens. The ultimate intention is to create a book with diverse stories about the complexity of old age.
It is upon you if the continuation of this project is going to happen! You decide how long I can stay and how many different stories I will be able to tell. If you believe old age is an important topic and would like to see more stories please help to fund this project! The production time will be around two months plus the research time and postproduction to edit the book. With your help I will be able to cover a part of this cost. By funding bits of my project, you are not just helping me, but you get also the chance to be part of it. I will keep you updated about the shooting process and will introduce you to a new character first hand by sending you a postcard with his/her image.
You can choose any print of the project in the sizes you find in the Pledge Section on the right. Find here the project and images to choose from, or you can wait for the new images and get a print of them. Below are some example prints:
The Artist Book
Below are some sample images from an artist book. The book will consist of at least three stories. Please note that every book is unique with regard of edits and look and has softcover.
Risks and challenges
I was so far very lucky to meet inspiring people above seventy, who were willing to share their stories and take part in my project. I am sure I will have on my next trip equally interesting encounters. The challenge is to find them and the only potential issue I can foresee is that the project takes longer than expected. However, that shouldn't delay the delivery of your prints etc. In any case I will keep all backers updated in this event.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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