If you look back at photos of the city before 1950, you’ll see pedestrians where we now have roads, cyclists riding in traffic lanes over the harbour bridge and a lot less space designated for cars overall. As time has gone on, we’ve designated more and more space for cars. And so as we slowly realise that you can’t actually make traffic any better, and as congestion worsens, we’ll hopefully see our city revert back to how it was before cars demanded all the available space..
SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileStreet style photographers are known for documenting the extraordinary fashion sense of ordinary people, but many focus on dapper young men and women with nary a wrinkle or silver hair.Ari Seth Cohen, a 31 year old photographer in New York City, bucks that trend. He is more interested in fashionistas who are old enough to be his grandparents, and his popular blog, book, and forthcoming documentary all pay homage to the “Advanced Style” of “stylish and creative older folks.”The women he has interviewed in collaboration with Lina Plioplyte are memorable characters who explain their pomp and pageantry without apology.”I am dressed up for the theatre of my life,” says one.”I don’t want to go around like a dreary old lady,” says another.”Young women, you’re going to be an old woman someday. Don’t worry about it,” chimes in a third.The women interviewed emphasize colour, character, and the freedom that comes with dressing according to one’s own moods and preferences without worrying about what others think about them.They advise others not to be scared of standing out, of breaking rules, and of expressing a bold individuality.In a recent reflection on Cohen’s work for , Mireille Silcoff describes the young man as “one of New York City’s more unlikely tastemakers.”‘This is how I want to be when I get old’Silcoff also argues that the interest and enthusiasm over Advanced Style is not being fueled by aging boomers, as one might expect, but rather their thrift store loving children.(Ari Seth Cohen/powerHouse Books)”Scratch the surface of youth culture, and a kind of Eldertopia is revealed, a pro aged paradise lovingly promoted by people who are themselves not even close to middle aged,” she writes, going on to describe a digital universe dotted with Bubby glasses and granddad cardigans.The ubiquitous caption below countless “Cool Old People” and “Geezer Chic” posts, she notes, is some version of “This is how I want to be when I get old.””The twilight years thus appeal as a time when a kind of paradoxical freedom can be located, a time thought to be beyond the petty concerns of hotness and coolness, where you can finally, truly, really be yourself,” writes Silcoff.Similarly, in a recent post for BBC News Magazine, Tamsin Smith explores pro aging experimentation in a youth obsessed culture.