if you know me at all, you are probably familiar with my deep curiosity in the elderly. and so, in light of what feels like a reinvigorated, or even completely fresh interest in our fabulous dignitaries, i’ve really enjoyed following projects like advanced style, simone rocha’s AW13 Collection dedicated to her grannies and karen walker’s SS13 campaign.
but equally, i’m surprised it’s taken so long for creative types to take inspiration from these sassy sistas (and brothers!).
these guys grew up in a day devoid of distractions like tablets and smartphones and revoked of the interwebs.
Instead they would amuse themselves with any of the following activities*:
- dictating the classics aloud to each other in a park in a act of bourgeois frivolity
- hosting daily afternoon tea sessions – and by tea, i mean gin + tonic with cucumber sandwiches
- dallying with the gardener
- mastering the art of small talk
- curating an impeccable wardrobe
- learning to ballroom dance
- becoming adept at a musical instrument
- cooking feasts and hosting opulent, extravagant dinner parties.
To put it into sobering perspective, we spend 70 hours** a week staring at a screen of some kind and sitting on our big, flat arses. We are less-well read, less polite, less impeccably dressed, probably fatter and our only ‘talk’ we feel comfortable doing is via text or, maybe, MAYBE Skype. But only with close friends.***
What the hell are we doing?
it’s no wonder we want to be like them! our nans and pops are naturally better at life than us in almost every way and i’m intrigued to know more.
i first became interested in old folks when i returned to australia at 18, rediscovered my grandparents and became paralysed by fear at the thought of their mortality. so, as part of a university class in ethnography, i interviewed my grandfather, capturing his life story on 5 hours of tape and 40 pages of transcribed notes. a cathartic exercise, it also gave me a new appreciation for the hard work and sacrifices he made in his life in the interest of his family – all the while maintaining his dry glaswegian wit and an immaculate getup.
another project that takes a leaf out of this book is starlet. released last year, but of course, i only managed to stumble across it today, the film stars dree hemingway and besedka johnson and tells the story of a pornstar who makes the acquaintance of an elderly lady. it looks melancholy and bittersweet and i think i’m going to watch it this weekend.
*according to me
**an approximate estimated by me
*** a slight exaggeration