Film maker James Callum writes about aging and portrays Dylis the Skydiver and David the Kitesurfer.

Words, films and photography by James Callum.

"I have noticed that older generations are very rarely featured in advertising campaigns or on television and if they are it is in a very specific, generally stereotypical role."

James Callum.

James to the right.



I like to believe that age is a state of mind and that it is fully possible to maintain a “young” outlook on life. The body obviously ages and physical activity may become harder but the amazing people I filmed during these projects proved that this doesn't have to stop you!

"I wanted to show people that older generations can be an inspiration to all of us and there is no reason to stop just because society tells you it is expected of you. I'm am now 28 years old, and plan to stay the same age for the rest of my life."

James Callum.

James Callum

Listening to each of their stories got me thinking about how we, as a generation, are so obsessed with staring at screens and taking photos of ourselves, that we tend to forget that we aren’t all that enthralling and perhaps the older generations might have something interesting to tell us. It also made me think that there is never a reason to stop doing what makes you happy.

James Callum

I have noticed that older generations are very rarely featured in advertising campaigns or on television and if they are it is in a very specific, generally stereotypical role. Are they deemed as uncool? Boring? Do they have nothing to say? I had also heard people in working in television say that younger people don't want to watch older people and have a tendency to change channels if an older person is on screen. I find this offensive to both the younger and older generations and I like to think it isn't true.

With this series of films, I wanted to remind people that older generations have a lot to say and we should all spend a bit more time listening. After all, we will all be 'old' one day! Who is going to have the better stories? Someone who is 18 or someone who is 80? Each one of the people is a true inspiration and being able to spend time with them was an honor. On reading that 60% of older people in the UK agree that age discrimination exists in their daily lives and only 7% of 75+ adults say they meet the minimum level of physical activity necessary to achieve health benefits. I wanted to show people that older generations can be an inspiration to all of us and there is no reason to stop just because society tells you it is expected of you.

I'm am now 28 years old, and plan to stay the same age for the rest of my life ;)

www.jamescallum.com

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