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.
As well as his commercial work, Dylan is constantly working on personal projects like Ages Of Us. In 2004 he worked closely with the V&A on a behind the scenes look at Archiving. Dylan often works on collaborative projects with other designers / artists. In 2010 he worked with IYA Studio on the 12th Man, Sport City London project and in 2012 on Twenty-Five of One with Pocklington Press now in the V&A archive.
Dylan has been featured in the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photography Prize twice as well as picking up several other awards and accolades in photography and advertising.
He works from his studio in South East London and is a much better photographer than he was a bass player.
About ‘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 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.
At my current age of 46 I don’t yet have a fear of ageing, I’m more amused by it as I type figures that when I was 10 seemed inconceivable. I remember a school exercise when I was in junior school that asked us to work out how old we’d be in the year 2000. Mine was easy, I would be 30 and at an age when a week could be a lifetime, another 21 years seemed like it would never happen.
Age is a social preoccupation taught to us from an early age. From our first birthday we are taught to celebrate our birthdays, to expect presents, to mark our DOB and the passing of another year. Birthdays rock, initially! In youth we look forward to our birthdays, in later life we dread them. Many life events / decisions are set by age, 12 years to move up to High School, 16 to legally have sex, to expect a free education, to drive a moped, work full time, join the Army, have your own passport and fly a glider! When you are 17 you can drive, be charged, become a blood donor. 18 to drink, vote, stand for election, serve on a jury, smoke, gamble, get married. Our “risk” potential for car, work, life and health insurance and our eligibility to get a mortgage are all determined by our age. Our working lives start, finish and are defined by our age, 65 for men to retire 60 for women, 100 to get a card from the Queen! Our age is a maker of our individual and humanities place in time.
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.
Therein 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.”