Prompted by the overuse of photos of 'wrinkly hands', and inspired by a photo of an older woman looking out of a rainy window, The Beige Collective shared ideas, graphics and photos through social media as an alternative story for those featuring in such photos, commonly used to represent loneliness in later life, or inadequate social care, or pensions failing women. Or anything else. Objections to such images are not just about objectifying potential doom and gloom in later life (which can and does exist) but about showing those older people as passive recipients - 'done-to' and not with, and apparently unable to contribute to life in any way.
The Beige Collective comprises: Helen Camplin, Lorna Easterbrook, Helen Gerrard, Paul Graves-Brown, Emma Greengrass, Barbara Hurman, Kathy Jones, Meredith Jones, Penny Kocher, Kevin McGeary, Simon Parkin, Lucy Rees, Suzie Rees, Emilie Roberts, Eleanor Robson, Shakti Salgaokar-Yezdani, Mary Valiakas, Laura Viner, Alice Wakely, Catherine Wakely, Charlie Wakely, Adam Webb.
Script by Lorna; the narrator is Barbara, an appropriately 92 year old non-actor.