I am not your mate is a nigerian slang meaning I am not your age mate, I am older etc
I am not your mate is a portrait and storytelling series focused on senior citizens based in London aged between 60-100 years. The series will showcase the life of 25 senior citizens, their stories, their experiences, dreams and fears.
I am really passionate about representation and senior citizens are so underestimated! They are full of wisdom, experience and we can learn so much from them. We are missing opportunities to learn from the knowledge gained over decades. Older people are a source of wise words and sage advice on dealing with and enjoying life to its fullest. In the words of Victor Hugo “When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in old age”
As a photo artist, I will photograph the 25 senior citizens like they are. No editing, no retouching, no photoshop, no lightroom, no staged concepts. This is about showing raw and honest emotions. I truly hope that this project will inspire people to have more conversations with older people, they have a lifetime of experiences to share and an intuitive wisdom. Being Old is the purest and most positive experiences of human existence
“I AM NOT YOUR MATE” SERIES WILL GO LIVE HERE ON THE 6TH OF MAY 2019 AT 9AM GMT