New York-based 42-year old photographer Kyoto Hamada documents what it’s like to spend two years as an elderly woman.
“After volunteering to visit the homes of lonely seniors, photographer Kyoto Hamada got the idea to go undercover as an older woman in New York City. With the help of a grey wig, elaborate makeup, and new clothes, Hamada created her elderly alter ego Kikuchiyo-san, who she photographed for 2 years … When the 42-year-old walked the streets of NYC as Kikuchiyo-san, she noticed that people treated her differently. Many opened doors for her or offered to help her carry her bags. A Japanese man even bowed to her, which is a cultural sign that shows respect for elders. The biggest difference that Hamada observed was that she often did not matter in the eyes of others. “No one seemed to care, or even notice me. It’s already very easy to feel ignored in New York City, but as Kikuchiyo-san, I sometimes felt totally invisible,” she said.” – via mymodernmet