Over the last months that I’ve been a contributor, one of the sources of amusement for me is the choice of photos. As I write about fitness and aging among other things, I have a VERY hard time finding shots of those of us who are extremely active but also in our sixties and beyond. The photo choices show active people half my age, as though there is a decided denial that folks like me/us could possibly be out climbing mountains, hiking, cycling, running, riding horses, adventuring. The Adventure Travel and Trade Association published a report that showed that the vast majority of those doing adventure travel (albeit most of it on the soft end, but then that’s true of most folks) are 50–75. That belies that impression that one gets looking at curated Unsplash photos. This is just one facet, of which there are many, including dating while middle aged, working while middle aged etc. It’s hilarious to me to try to find a single photo on Unsplash showing someone doing what I do every single day: pound the weights, pound the stairs, ride spicy horses, do pushups and pullups, hit the pavement and run, do yoga….in other words, I’m an athlete. I am in excellent company. God help me, you would think that those on Medium who offer the photo selections live in a world devoid of anyone with a single grey hair.
Nobody is too old to be relevant on Medium as long as we have a thoughtful take. But if Medium wants to be relevant to all of us it would be one hell of a lot more valuable for them to provide us all with photos- which they want us to use — that show the rest of the population (and let’s include all races, please) doing what apparently nobody past 35 does any more: work out, work, kiss, fuck, travel, adventure, think, ponder, oh hell, I dunno….LIVE. I get tired of having to purchase my photos off Deposit Photos because of this inherent prejudice, and that’s exactly what it is.