The Unobserved - Street photography
By Jim Read
2 Jul 2014
I'd been wandering around places making street pics rather aimlessly to see if anything would come out of it in the way of a small project and as these things happen something I'd not thought of emerged after a few weeks. I noticed looking through my images that I was ignoring old people, I'm old myself so I probably spotted it sooner than I would have formerly.
I thought I would spend the rest of that afternoon making pics of older people to see what came out and after a while the term 'The Unobserved' came to mind. Over the weeks that I carried on with the project I noticed that everyone else ignored them as well as though they were invisible.
They noticed me though and a few asked what I was doing and when I explained why they said yes we do feel that way, as though no one takes any interest in us at all, as though we are separate from the rest of society, no longer wanted on the voyage.
Many went on to say after that what they did do, some were carers of people even more elderly than themselves, they looked after grandchildren when their own children were unable to, others had gone back to work for a few hours a week and really enjoyed it. Many said we might be old, we might moan a bit but we just carry on.
Looking back I think of many of them as unsung heroes stoically going about their daily lives with as little fuss as possible and enjoying a chat with another old fogie like me.