Released Youth: fashion portraits of ‘volunteer’ older models that show age is but a number2 min read

In her series, Released Youth, Italian photographer Ludovica Anzaldi captures the fashionable and quirky qualities of six older women, volunteering to pose for the camera in a Parisian park.

These spontaneous, chance encounters took place during a sunny day at Buttes Chaumont, where Ludovica was happy to bring a more realistic side to the usual fashion shoot.

Ludovica approached these women individually, asking if they wanted to be photographed and set upon by her team, which included stylist Min Kim; makeup artist, YOYO; hairdresser Waka Adachi; set designer Clément Pelisson and videographer, Nadia Mob as well as assistants Thomas Vilaca and Paula Coderch Blasco.

“We experimented with the idea of playing with each different woman, styling them for clothes, makeup and hair,” explains Ludovica. “We focused on their different characters and life stories. In details, especially for women, senility is a melancholic phase of life, made sadder because of a society imposing us to appear young.

“It is a phase of life composed of the awareness of what people can not do anymore as before, during which time passes slowly, too slowly, approaching the future without a destination.”

Given the opportunity to have a little fun, Ludovica’s willing models embraced every moment of the random fashion shoot, “That day, they forgot the loneliness, freed themselves, felt loved and desired,” adds Ludovica. “They told us before leaving the shoot, ‘Vous avez fait ma journée normale différente’. Which translates as – you made my normal day different.”

All the pictures were taken with a Hasselblad 500. Discover more of Ludovica Anzaldi’s work at