Andy Rooney once said, “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” UK based photographer Ana Oliveira has used the theme of aging for a fascinating collection called Identity. She takes old photographs of a person, some from as much as 60 years ago, and then takes a new photo in the same pose with similar clothing, much like Irina Werning. Seeing the photos side by side, the effects of aging become obvious, yet in many of the shots the older version looks more self assured, further reinforcing George Bernard Shaw’s view that “Youth is wasted on the young!”
I never really feel old until I look at pictures of myself and my loved ones from the past. When I was a little girl I used to cry on every birthday saying, “I’m so old! I can’t believe how fast my life is passing by. I wish I could be a baby again.” This anxiety about aging has proved somewhat useful, inspiring me to live in the moment more because there will likely come a time when my current pictures are nearly unrecognizable. See more people aging gracefully on Ana Oliviera’s Behance page. And if you’re brave, sift through some old pictures and do your own side-by-side photo shoot.