Society is heavily focused latest trends and vibrant stories that the younger generation has to share. Compared to them, it’s rare to see photos and stories of senior citizens getting the attention they deserve. Arianne Clément is a photographer who believes that there’s a lot to learn from senior citizens. She also states that seeing senior citizens thriving helps us change our own attitudes towards aging. She photographs stunning portraits of older couples that not only capture their unique beauty but also their love and desire for one another.
Arianne’s work boldly questions the social standards that are put upon aging. The common belief that aging results in loss or reduction of desirability and intimacy are broken down through her magnificent and meaningful portraits. Her works imply that regardless of age, everyone wants to look good for themselves and express and receive love. The below images, which offer a glimpse of the private lives of her subjects, remind us that age really is just a number.
Arianne usually finds her models through social media. Among them, a 102-year-old named Marie-Berthe has greatly inspired her. Although her models are usually camera-shy, Marie-Berthe was full of confidence. She made Arianne realize that beauty is actually a state of mind and attitude. To create a truly meaningful photograph, the subjects for the photograph needs to be vulnerable in front of the camera. This vulnerability results from the trust between the photographer and the models, and it came very naturally to Arianne. Arianne always tries to create a safe space for her models and respects their boundaries. She never publishes anything that makes them uncomfortable.
So, take a look at the incredible photos that showcase the intimacy and sensual beauty of older people, and share your thoughts with us in the comments!