Having started my art career with portraiture, I'm constantly fascinated by the faces of the people around me...
And seeing faces age and change as people grow older is quite interesting in itself...
It's almost like our lives get written to our features like a computer writing something to a disk...
Over the years, I've drawn hundreds of faces. The ones I remember aren't young, but older, more defined... And the more defined the face, the more challenging it is to capture.
But it's not just me, throughout the centuries artists have always been fascinated by the beauty of the older face. There are good reasons for this, an older face is unique. The lines are different in every person, much like a fingerprint, no two people are alike. Because we all have different lives and experiences, our faces age differently.
Sadly, as I look around at our media and culture I see beauty represented as being typified by only the young face... And I find this pretty strange because of the demographic of our population!
A large proportion of our population now is older as the baby boomers head towards retirement.
That means we have a unique opportunity to celebrate the beauty of aging by changing our cultural definitions of beauty. Maybe we all need to be artists in some small way so that we can see it.
Just think 'Beauty in the Face of Age'!
Photos and images by Teresa Young:
1. Playing Dominoes with Fred Ervine, 2. CloseUp-Portrait Of Diehl Children-Nov. 2009, 3. Grief For A Small Boy - Nov. 1997, 4. Eileens Eyes-Nov. 2009, 5. Daryls Frown - Nov. 2009, 6. Eileens Smile-Nov. 2009, 7. Barb McLean-Dec.2009, 8. Unnamed Abstract-Dec.2009, 9. Unnamed Surreal - May 1998.