Caroline Brady’s evocative collection of photographs challenges many of the perceptions of older people in today’s Ireland. Too often, the discussion around the growing numbers of older people in our society has a negative tone.
Older people are a ‘pension timebomb’, rather than entitled to some reward from a life of hard work in the home and the workplace. They are ‘bed-blockers’, not men and women entitled to decent healthcare and to be treated with dignity.
Caroline’s images help give older people back their humanity, to show them as real people who still have something to contribute. They show older people out in their community, doing the shopping, having a drink, getting ready for a night out. We see them as actors, not victims, as people with the ability to run their own lives, not helpless.
Ireland can, and must, become a country where growing old need not be something to fear. But this can only happen if we rediscover the worth of older people, if we take pride in what they have given us and recognise that we are, all of us, ageing together.
In a series of touching and beautifully produced photographs, Caroline Brady helps us to do just that.
Head of Advocacy and Communications