About Ages of Us:
Ages of Us’ is a documentary project by photographer Dylan Collard. The series explores 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 incurable 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.
For ‘Ages of Us’, 165 participants were photographed and recorded in 23 locations during a 3000 mile trip through one of the ‘So Cal’ tourist loops in California in 18 day days, beginning and finishing in LA. Audio recordings accompany the photographs, printed as Lambda C-type prints for the exhibition, questioning perceptions of age, generations, the journey of life and how our priorities change as we travel through the three stages of Youth, Middle and Old Age.
Throughout the series, the bench that the participants were seated on remained the same distance, angle and height to the camera at all times. In the left seat (to camera) we find the 0-25 years olds, in the middle seat the subjects were 25 – 50 years old, and in the right seat 50 + year olds.
The bench will be displayed at the Private View of the exhibition, set against a backdrop of an American landscape. Visitors will be encouraged to sit and have their photos taken and these will be added to the project website and social media platforms to become a part of the project.
Where possible, and when willing, participants were asked the following three questions about their Past, Present and Future and their answers were documented to accompany the photographs:
Past: When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? What was important to you when you were young?
Present: What do you do now? What sort of things does your life involve now? What kind of work do you do , family, relationships? What’s important to you now?
Future: What would you like to do in the future, what’s left, what plans do you have for the future?
About Dylan Collard:
Following college in The North and a few years as a bass player, Dylan Collard moved to London 1998 and started assisting. Since becoming a commercial photographer, Dylan has shot work for the likes of Pfizer, Adidas, O2, Santander, and The Discovery Channel. Much of his work involves shooting real people on location using lighting and details to convey a sense of narrative about his subject. He works from his studio in South London and is a much better photographer than he was a bass player.
Ages of Us:
1 – 13 February 2016
Downstairs at Mother
10 Redchurch Street