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Shock and Awe: Growing Old Competitively

My very first press release in the new Press/Media section of the site (about my photographs being displayed as part of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow) has just been published.

Shock and Awe: Growing Old Competitively
Positively Controversial Images Selected for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Shocking images of elderly men and women will be on display at the Commonwealth Games next month in Glasgow – and yet no one is complaining!”

You can read the whole thing below, and please do forward go ahead and forward it to any journalists you know! 🙂

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MONDAY 30th JUNE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Download a PDF version of this release here: Shock-Awe-Glasgow2014-Commonwealth-Games-final

Positively Controversial Images Selected for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Shocking images of elderly men and women will be on display at the Commonwealth Games next month in Glasgow – and yet no one is complaining!

The pictures are the work of Bristol photographer Alex Rotas who specialises in photographing Masters Athletes in their 60s – 90s, and will appear on 3m hoardings around the Kelvingrove Bandstand area in the west of the city. The 12 athletes featured in the photographs include 81 year old Rosemary Chrimes who first competed for Scotland in 1954 and is still breaking records today, and the legendary Super Senior Olga Kotelko who passed away on June 24th, aged 95.

For some, the age and achievements of the athletes in the pictures will be shock enough. The real surprise however, is how, once we look beyond the tell-tale physical characteristics of older bodies – wrinkles, white hair etc, Rotas manages to capture the same gamut of emotions, expressions and prowess as we are used to seeing in photographs of younger athletes. So whilst the images may challenge negative, outdated beliefs and expectations about ageing, they also inspire, delight and open our minds to more positive, modern ideas about what it means to grow older.

Rotas says she was “absolutely bowled over” to hear that her images had been chosen to decorate the streets during the games. “I’m discovering actually that people are astonished when they learn about the world of Masters Athletics and dismayed that it seems to be so ‘hidden’, so I’m especially delighted to help bring this group to a broader audience.”

And it seems that she walks the talk too; despite only taking up photography at the age of 60, she has just published her first book, Growing Old Competitively which celebrates the athletes, their stories and the process of growing older in words and pictures.

Look out for Alex Rotas’ photographs on the TV coverage of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games from 23rd July to 3rd August.

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Notes
High resolution versions of the images below are available to accompany this piece, provided full credit is given.
Alex Rotas will be in Glasgow from 22nd to 26th July and is available for press, radio and TV interviews.
Please contact: arp@claireraikes.com or alex@alexrotasphotography.co.uk

The book Growing Old Competitively is available to purchase from Street Level Photoworks, Trongate 103, Glasgow G1 5HD and online from http://AlexRotasPhotography.com

Background
Alex Rotas’ specialises in photographing Masters Athletes (veteran sports men and women) at the older end of the spectrum and yet, neither she nor her work is typical sports photography territory. Fiercely motivated by a desire to challenge some of the assumptions associated with ageing that link getting older with decline, passivity, increasing helplessness and physical and mental deterioration, her photographs, and her own story, tell human tales which grab our attention, draw us in and have us rethink what’s possible in our own lives.

Find out more about Alex Rotas and her work on her website: AlexRotasPhotography.com

Alex is also on Twitter: @AlexRotas Facebook: Alex Rotas Photography

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