AN award-winning Stalybridge based photographer has embarked on a new project with his subject the elderly.
Adam Spencer Young, 33, of Mottram Road, said the inspiration came from his late grandfather George Young who he described as being his best friend.
The professional photographer, who has a studio in Mossley, intends to photograph subjects in natural light, in their own environment or a place that is important or visually representative of their character.
Adam, who studied photography at the University of Central Lancashire, will also quiz his subjects about their lives.
The most profound, best or even funniest answers will be printed alongside their image with a view to exhibiting the images next year.
And depending on how the projects progresses, Adam might even produce a small coffee table book of the images.
Adam, a former pupil at Stalyhill Juniors and West Hill School, admitted to having a close bond to the older generation through his grandparents as, with his parents working, he spent much of his childhood with them.
“A lot of the important values I have came from them. I feel very lucky to have had these special relationships,” he said.
As Adam grew older, he became his grandfather’s unofficial carer, explaining: “I helped him in much the same way as he had helped me. Life almost turned full circle.”
The project is set to portray the views of the older generation on life and Adam hopes it will help educate the youth of today.
He continued: “I think your values and worries change as you get older. The little things that worry us so much in day-to-day life become insignificant.
“However, these views and insights are left unheard or ignored by younger generations who are so consumed with false ideals and social media. I want to help give them a voice.”
Adam, who does most of his work is as a commercial photographer, was the winner of a competition run by BestPhotoAward.com in February 2016 for his image ‘Bowling for Soup’.
He is also an established creative director in the music industry having worked with the likes of Calvin Harris, Bowling For Soup and Black Sabbath.