Seeing beyond 50 into the future

Brighton based photographer Maria Scard has embarked on a photographic project to celebrate being aged 50+ in the city of Brighton. As she begun meeting with people she was struck by how many served, volunteered and contributed to their communities. Aged 52 herself, her view of having to retire away quietly once you reach a certain age was shattered as she spoke to pioneers, musicians, revolutionaries and more getting involved in all areas of city life.

Discover more about their lives at the Rejuvenation photography exhibition on display in the Brighton Station walkway from 25 September to 8 October 2017.

Seeing beyond 50 into the future

Brighton based photographer Maria Scard has embarked on a photographic project to celebrate being aged 50+ in the city of Brighton. As she begun meeting with people she was struck by how many served, volunteered and contributed to their communities. Aged 52 herself, her view of having to retire away quietly once you reach a certain age was shattered as she spoke to pioneers, musicians, revolutionaries and more getting involved in all areas of city life.

Discover more about their lives at the Rejuvenation photography exhibition on display in the Brighton Station walkway from 25 September to 8 October 2017.

The United Nations estimate that between 2015 & 2030, the number of older persons worldwide is set to increase by 56%; from 901 million to more than 1.4 billion. By 2030, the number of people aged 60 & above will exceed that of young people aged 15 to 24.

 

It is therefore, more important than ever that the generations work together, acknowledging the part that each plays in contributing to a brighter future.

“Community is so important, because we support each other, without community you can’ t do anything. We get together as a group of women to spend some time together chatting eating and laughing, planning. It’s a time we can dress up, try and forget any stress and plan what we want to do next”

– Husnul, 50

“Community is so important, because we support each other, without community you can’ t do anything. We get together as a group of women to spend some time together chatting eating and laughing, planning. It’s a time we can dress up, try and forget any stress and plan what we want to do next”

– Husnul, 50

In the portraits the subject is placed in the background, or slightly obstructed, inviting the viewer to look beyond their assumptions and see the amazing older people that make up the city of Brighton.

 

So whatever your age, please take the time to visit the exhibit, read the stories and examine the portraits of those aged 50+ in Brighton, and as you do, be inspired to join in and write your own story, one where each chapter is more exciting than the one that went before.

About Maria

Maria is a documentary and lifestyle photographer, specialising in portrait photography. Past projects include; ‘Link to Hope’ shoebox appeal in eastern europe, Men’s Fashion Week for menstylefashion.com, campaign photos for a local MP and commissions from Lynx and Vodafone.
To see more of Maria’s work visit: www.mariascard.com