Ages of Us is interested 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.
In 2015 Ages Of Us started with 165 people, 23 locations and a trip of 3000 miles around California to complete a photography and audio project about age, generations, the journey of life and how our priorities change as we travel through the three stages of Youth, Middle and Old Age.
In 2017, Ages Of Us: UK was launched as a collaboration with Dave Martin of the Centre For Policy On Ageing. This started with a shoot in Kent when the project set up at the Turner Contemporary, Ramsgate Leisure Centre and the Harbour Arm Margate. In total 89 people were photographed aged between 4½ months and 86 years! Since then, Ages Of Us has appeared in eight different locations around West Yorkshire and at the University of Kent as part of an event looking at a “Creative Exploration of Ageing Across Our Lives”.
In its latest appearance the Ages Of us bench featured in the Great Hall at the British Museum as part of their Age Friendly Museums Day.
All these shoots have met with the same interest and enthusiasm as we experienced in the USA, just with a little less paranoia!
Ages Of Us is currently looking for funding to take the bench on a full UK tour exploring attitudes to ageing across the diverse range of nationalities, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds and landscapes the UK has to offer.