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Limerick photo exhibition to capture timeless wisdom

IN A thought-provoking exhibition in Limerick, photographer David Lane has embarked on a mission to challenge society's stereotypes surrounding senior citizens.

Titled, Still in Good Working Order, the portrait photography exhibition celebrates the lives of inspiring octogenarian men and women who continue to live vibrant, independent, and engaged lives.

The visual representation of people in their 80s, made with an 80-year-old camera, is set to open at Parkway Shopping Centre on Thursday, 28 September.

It will feature a collection of portraits captured using a vintage 1930s Voigtlander Bessa camera, a 6x9 medium format folding camera that many would have dismissed as a “non-working ornament.”

David acquired this vintage gem in 2018, despite its label as a mere decorative piece.

He self-developed the photographic negatives using traditional techniques, embracing the artistry and craftsmanship of days gone by.

These negatives were then meticulously scanned and converted to enable inkjet printing on aluminum sheets, thus merging the elegance of older techniques with the precision of modern technology.

David's vision for the exhibit is clear: he aims to reframe the narrative surrounding aging and to showcase senior citizens as integral members of our communities.

The exhibition seeks to remind viewers that these individuals are not exceptional outliers but rather reflections of our everyday, normal lives.

Each portrait is a testament to the continued contributions, functions, and value that seniors bring to their families, neighbours, and society as a whole.

The exhibition will run until Wednesday, 4 October, and will offer a unique opportunity to witness the transformative power of art in challenging stereotypes and fostering a more inclusive society.