This should always be about the desires of the individual:…
This week marked the launch of PhotosOfOldPeople.com – a very unique and moving site created by friend, Karla Courtney. Creative, smart and funny – I was eager to catch up with her about her brand new site.
When did you start taking photos of old people?
I tend to focus on people when I take photos anyways so I do have a decent back catalogue. It was on a recent trip to Buenos Aires that my husband and I decided to make a bit of a project of it.
How do old people react when you approach them?
We generally get really good reactions; a lot of people seem surprised that we would want to photograph them and really happy to chat. I never just take photos and run away; I always ask, have a chat, tell them a bit about what I am doing (though I don’t often say “hey, you’re old, I am taking photos for photosofoldpeople.com”) find out a bit about them, and if we are travelling, get some advice about their favourite spots and check them out.
Memorable moments: At a barber’s shop the owner directed an entire photo shoot of himself which was pretty funny
Ended up having lunch with one man; he didn’t speak English and my Spanish is rubbish but somehow found out that his wife had died of diabetes and got some advice on the best suburbs in Buenos Aires to visit and what the area was like 50 years ago
Met this one lovely couple that walked us to one of their favourite restaurants. We had one of our most memorable, and delicious, meals in Buenos Aires there (their photo is coming up soon).
What is about old people that captures you?
I just think they look cool and are cool. You have to admire people who have lived decades longer than you and are still out there kickin’ it.
Who takes the photos?
Right now me, with a few cameo appearances by my husband Scott Drummond and some coming up from our buddy Andy Miller. Am happy to take submissions :o)
What does the future hold?
More photos of old people, becoming old myself. I am also starting to knit (yes knit) some of the faces for a ‘knitted portraits’ project. Will give you some updates when those are done.