21 January 2010

Inbox - Freya Najade

It's always a pleasure to check the inbox. Especially when we get mail from such wonderful photographers as Freya Najade.
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1. DENNIS IN HIS ROOM
I have my own house, where I live half of the year. Sometimes I don’t talk for a week to anybody there. In the summer I rent a room in a gay retirement home. I enjoy meeting people of my kind.


"In the project If you are lucky, you get old I capture encounters with the elderly passing by and I tell stories of those I spent time with. To my surprise, the old people I met were not just proud of their age and the fact that they made it that far in life, they were also still falling in love and breaking up. They were overcoming their lifetime partner’s death, living out their erotic fantasies or dealing with the loss of their sexual desire. Talking to them showed that inner growth is ever lasting and that humans above the age of seventy continue to love, suffer, long, dream and have sexual feelings."







2. FIR TREE
I was married for thirty years. I loved my wife very much. If she hadn’t died, we would be still together. After her death I was devastated.


3. DENNIS WITH HIS FLIGHT COSTUME
The thing I regret most is that I didn’t become an astronaut and never went into space.


4. DENNIS IN STOCKINGS
The first time I dressed as a girl, I was eight years old.




5. DENNIS’ WALL DECORATION
I don’t want to be a woman. I am happy the way I am. I just enjoy the kick.



6. DENNIS DRESSED UP
I feel that I am transforming from a caterpillar into a butterfly. Sometimes I go out like this. If people don’t like it, it is their problem.



FREYA NAJADE was born in Germany in 1977. After studying in Bremen and San Francisco, she moved to London, where she currently lives and works. In December 2009 she graduated with Distinction from the University of the Arts London (London College of Communication) after completing a Masters in Documentary Photography. Her work was selected for the 2009 AOP Student Awards and she has had honourable mention in the IPA Awards.


You can see more of here work at www.freyanajade.com and www.freyanajade.wordpress.com

5 comments:

jeanne said...

I love Dennis!!!
This is a great project, and I'm sure many people will enjoy it.

Susanne Otterberg said...

Important subject! We live until we die, though some people seem to think that when you´re older you do not have desires of different kinds anymore...

charles said...

This is a wonderful, sympathetic portrayal of an unusual subject matter. Really warm portraits.

kerstin kuntze said...

the pictures are touching
and show that there's life after
becoming 60...
sex in an elder age is still handled like a tabu - and this is tabu-breaking without getting loud.
I'm now a fan of these pictures and the idea thats inside of every pixel.

Chris said...

Important matter indeed! About having the guts to be oneself. I believe that the world would be a much more intresting place if more people had the curage of Dennis...