“Right up until now I always looked ahead and I was aspirational about my future. Fifty years have now passed. In a way it seems a bit hard to believe. I’ve seen a lot of changes in the past fifty years, but somehow it sure doesn’t feel like fifty years. Actually, it’s turning out to be quite a weird experience. Some how I feel like I have been left on the scrap heap of life. The ancient Romans used to say that you are never truly an adult until you reach forty. Crikey that was ten years ago. Now people refer to me as the old hand and I can see the young guys coming from behind. I always thought that when I got to this age people would really value my opinion and that I could see out the next fifteen years guiding and mentoring the next generation. ”
Participant – Anonymous, 2006
This is a story I heard many times whilst shooting this body of work, we all need to feel needed.
Photographer – Belinda Mason, 2006