Tåsenhjemmet – Elderly Portraits by Bjørn Wad
Bjørn Wad is a professional photographer from Oslo, Norway, who specializes in portraits, music, fashion and advertising. In addition to working on commissioned projects, he keeps up several interesting long-term personal projects, such as his collection of elderly portraits called ‘Tåsenhjemmet‘. This wonderful series is based on his experience working at the Tåsenhjem Nursing Home in Oslo while studying at the Norwegian School of Photography. As an assistant caregiver, he quickly realized how public perceptions of old age are different from the actual reality. “The wrinkling, deteriorating body is like a stigma covering up the fact that very often, people are still exactly the same person inside as they were in their youth,” he explains in an interview with LFI Magazine. “As an old man, you can just as readily have a penchant for a bit of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” His black-and-white portraits beautifully capture the vivid personalities of his elderly models, all of whom are still as spirited and rebellious as ever.