IF YOU’RE LUCKY YOU GET OLD
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION / LONG WHITE CLOUD, LONDON, U.K
Commissioned by Fringe! Film and Arts Fest
IF YOU'RE LUCKY YOU GET OLD is an exhibition by photographer Freya Najade, chronicling the first thing she learned from the elderly people she visited whilst travelling the United States. At a time where the elderly are ostracised, or, in Najade’s words, ‘hardly seem to exist’, conjuring images of ‘wrinkles, disease and decay’, the artist was surprised that the people she met and photographed were not only proud of their age but were ‘still falling in love and breaking up. They were overcoming their lifetime partner’s death, living our their erotic fantasies or dealing with the loss of their sexual desire.’ Her conversations with these people showed Najade that emotional development is a continuous process, that the elderly continue to love, suffer, long, dream and have sexual feelings just as much as others do. This series of photographs articulates this discovery, bringing both straight and queer elderly people, often underexposed, into the foreground. Most of all, it lends a voice to the idea that if you’re lucky, you get old.
Freya Najade (b. 1977 in Germany) is a photographer living and working in London. She received a Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts London (London College of Communication) in 2009. Najade’s work has been shown internationally and was amongst others selected for Format 13, the Foto8 Summer Show, the FotoGrafia Festival Rome, and the IPA Awards. Publications of her work include the British Journal of Photojournalism, The Times, Die Zeit and Wired.com.