[Editor’s Note: While Dr. Thomas is out of country for the rest of the month, Changing Aging bloggers Christa Monkhouse and Al Power will be filling in.]
“They are not perfect, not young and not frightfully thin. The models involved are over 80 and residents of the Senior-Foundaton Eilenriedestift in Hannover, Germany, so the headlines.
“The models“ consented to being portrayed by three young art-students. This project, “Young looks at Old“ was initiated by Dorothee Wiederhold, a friend, visionary and accomplished leader in ageing-services and director of care. The artists stay in the residence and have so far painted over 70 portraits. The residents stood in line, they loved the idea.
Watch the short TV-clip (2:11) in German, it is mainly self explanatory, but there are some translated quotes from the students below:
“An old face has much more to tell than a young face“
“Every wrinkle tells a story, shows lived life“
“Every wrinkle counts, this is the message, we take away from here“
And finally, an answer to Al Power to his very good Friday-post question: “What are some of the unexpected ways that the aging of our population might change societal conventions and standards over time?“
I think that older faces will be perceived within a new aesthetic, not one of decline, but as one of it’s own beauty, a new artistic iconography of lifespan development, such as Ronni Bennett’s portraits on the Time Goes By website.
— Christa Monkhouse