This morning a friend linked me to the blog, Advanced Style. Here’s the set up: Photographer Ari Seth Cohen, himself not very advanced in age, takes pictures of older folks with style. Ok, Ok, I know it sounds boring, but it’s absolutely not. He doesn’t just photograph a la The Satorialist, he asks questions, films interviews, and gives a little more initmacy.
Cohen takes his subjects seriously–even the ones with purple hair and fake eyelashes. As Lynn Dell explains how much she loves being a woman–all the while showing off a leopard print hat and black and white striped bracelets–I kind of want to be her. Not now, of course–although I do wish I loved dressing up as much as she does–but my future self wishes to grow into her sense of being fabulous. To me, it was unexpected. I walked into it thinking the site would be something purely humorous or cruel, but Cohen’s treatment is so much better than that. It’s full of attitude (his subjects’, not his), and is a fascinating look into the lives of others.