The BBC main website has been carrying the results of a recent photography competition on the theme of ageing, for over a week now.
The brief is worth reading in full:
“Getting older is a complex process, but it’s all too easy to revert to clichés when it comes to representing old age. In keeping with the British Society of Gerontology’s aim to enhance knowledge about ageing and later life, this challenge is a chance for you to show a more nuanced approach to the subject: we want to see how you’ve captured the multiple realities of ageing”
This is an admirable aim, but the results are sadly mixed and revealing of a narrower take on ageing than I suspect was hoped for. .
Two things are striking. The first is that every photograph is literal and realistic. There is a lot of Steve McCurry-style, enhanced-reality close-ups of the craggy terrain of older people’s faces from...