Who says getting older has to be boring? In his series Serenity, New York-based photographer Can Dagarslani (b. 1984, Turkey) takes the assumption to task that as we get older, we have to live with some measure of calmness and serenity.
Full of bright colours and geometry, Serenity is a playground of aging men and women as they pose in summer shorts and striped socks. More formal than natural, however, the fun they engage in is symbolic: whether playing with an inflatable tube or big rubber gloves, the game is one of creating aesthetics. Dagarslani uses the white, minimalistic and clean building of the Bauhaus school in Dessau as a backdrop for his photographs, while dressing the characters in the bold primary colours of Bauhaus: vibrant red, blue and yellow.
While the carefree life that Dagarslani portrays may be more performance than reality, the lightness of it effectively communicates his point. Photography doesn’t have to be a serious thing, and neither does life.