Fashion photographer Tim Walker has released a book on the elderly,”The Granny Alphabet“.The book is dedicated to his grandmothers Kathleen Walker and Louis.
Photos are accompanied by touching verses , which were written by the poet Kit Hesketh – Harvey .There is a second volume with drawings by fashion-illustrator,Lawrence Minott . The pages appear charming with impeccably dressed elderly lady .
“I’ve not been very good at growing up, but as I get older this seems to have been one of the better decisions life has made for me. To retain a child’s eye when peering through the camera’s viewfinder is to see the world as half magic, half horror.
Old age brings back this childlike clarity of vision, and so children and the elderly have an agreement, a bond, united by both a sense of being out of time and by the brilliantly reckless lack of responsibility that bookends adulthood and allows them to see things as they really are.
This is why I’ve always loved the very old and the very young, whether in age or spirit, and why I’ve taken the photographs for this book – part photographic love letter to the elderly and part documentation of the dying breed of little old ladies who live down the lane.” – Tim Walker
In the UK, the book will be in stores on November 4 , and all proceeds from it will go to the society Friends of Elderly, which supports the elderly in England.
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