With any luck, most of us will live to become senior citizens. American society, however, teaches us to dread old age. Media floods us with images of the young. Older people, when depicted at all, are often ill, grumpy, or barely able to function. The truth is that aging is an incredibly complex process. All of us have unique experiences every moment of every day that change our perceptions of our world. As our experiences accumulate, they add richness, depth, and subtlety to life. Some of these experiences are unpleasant, such as illness or the loss of loved ones. Other experiences are much more enjoyable, such as friendship or the creation of a new life. All these events, and our responses, make us who we are.
Now to you, the viewer. You are aging. What will your life be like when you are a “senior citizen”? Will you dance? Will you sit on your porch and contemplate the sunset? What will you think of your own victories and defeats? How will you gaze out at your world?
"Old Times" was begun in 2002 and was exhibited at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in '03.
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