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Old Love: Elderly Lovers in a Series by Annabel Oosteweeghel

It seemed unfair to Annabel Oosteweeghel, a photographer from the Netherlands, that only young people are allowed to display feelings in our time, so she created a photo project about the love of older people.

Annabel Oosteweeghel Age 47

Photographer from Noordwijk in the Netherlands. Studied audiovisual art at the St. Joost Academy in Breda. A lot of her work is done for magazines and advertising industry. Finalist of the Lensculture Exposure Awards 2015.

— Today, the media exhibits a single-minded focus on showing young, perfect people in love. We’re used to this image of youthful sexuality and intimacy. But for me, older people are beautiful as well — and they also have an intimate life that should be shown. Thus, “Old Love” is a project about intimate moments shared between older people.

To produce this series, I created six stories of intimacy between six older couples, all staged and stylized. I photographed my models in original 1960s houses, as a nod to and revival of the sexual freedoms from that era. It is thanks to these past efforts that today’s young people can enjoy such care-free love.

We're used to this image of youthful sexuality and intimacy. But for me, older people are beautiful as well.
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