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You’re Old is a personal photography project I have been working on since 2016. It all started when I realized just how many people are unhappy with their appearance. I wrote a blog post a while ago addressing people wanting me to photoshop every wrinkle from their face. You can read my blog post here “Can You Remove My Wrinkles“.

Why Vintage Fashion?

I find it quite fascinating that people absolutely love vintage and distressed fashion. Even the words themselves sound cool. Vintage…Distressed…Thrifting… All words that describe old wrinkly and ripped clothing. Ripped Jeans and old leather jackets are highly desired and overpriced because they are cool. It is all those rips and wrinkles that show these fashion garments history and character.

Yet when it comes to people, we seek the ever-elusive fountain of youth. Doing everything we can to remove every blemish, scar, laugh line and imperfection. Do you notice the negative vs. positive language we use to describe people vs. fashion? Blemish, imperfection, and scars have a very negative connotation. Even after spending big bucks on smoothing cremes, spa treatments, and even plastic surgery people still are not happy with their appearance and I have to photoshop people just so they can appear to be perfect. I don’t want people to pine after perfection. I want people to embrace their character, grey hair, crows feet, and unique qualities.

We would never zoom way in and look at all the details of our face highlighting all of our “defects” but these imperfections are what give us our unique characteristics. My hope with this photography project is that people will see themselves in a new light and will learn to love themselves for who they are. I truly believe learning to embrace ourselves for who we are will make not only our own lives better but the lives of those around us better too. As RuPaul famously says “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” It’s cheesy, it’s catchy, but its true. We need to learn to love ourselves just as we are and when we do, we will be able to authentically love those around us. Just look at all these wrinkles, fat rolls, and scars!

If you are interested in viewing my entire series, please check out my post.

http://robtrendiak.com/2018/06/17/youre-old-personal-photography-project/

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Andrei Barb's picture

I love the aesthetic, checked out the whole series and it looks great 👌🏼

Rob Trendiak's picture

Thanks a lot! I wanted to step outside of my normal clients and make something that means something. Not that my clients don't... Bit I wanted to tell a story with this one!