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Older people tell their stories of love in exciting photography exhibition


Love Lived is an exciting photography project exploring the theme of love through the stories and portraits of 14 older people.

The interactive exhibition aims to bridge the intergenerational gap through the universal experiences of love – which are not defined by age or circumstance. Love Lived is the most recent photographic series by photographer Holly Wren in partnership with Contact the Elderly.

14 environmental and headshot portraits comprise the exhibition, with each sitter photographed and interviewed in their own home by Holly in late 2015. Each story-teller is over the age of 70 and the majority were introduced to Holly through Contact the Elderly.

Since 1965, Contact the Elderly has been organising tea parties throughout the UK for people aged 75 or over who live alone with little to no support from friends, family or statutory services. Contact the Elderly hopes that people visiting the exhibition will feel inspired to connect with older people, listen to their stories and share friendship with them.

Holly Wren says: ‘I was inspired to create this exhibition to show that experiences of love are universal and transcend the boundaries of age. People of any age who visit the exhibition can find something to relate to in the unique stories told by the sitters and will be moved and inspired by what they hear.’

Mary Rance, CEO of Contact the Elderly, says: ‘We are thrilled to partner with Holly on this powerful photography project. We hope people visiting the exhibition will be encouraged to think more about older people in our society and  help us extend our vital lifeline of friendship by donating as much or as little as you can.’

Holly also worked with London-based video production company Bold Content Video for the interviews which allow people to learn more about the sitters and their fascinating stories.

The exhibition is on display at First and Second Floor Lobbies, The Broadgate Tower, London, EC2A 2EW from 10 January 2016 – 10th June 2016. To view Love Lived at the Broadgate Tower, book your free tickets here.

For more information visit and for directions to the exhibition visit The Broadgate website.

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