Age is just a number. As I get older, I seem to utter this adage more and more as I fight off the telltale signs of aging with my little pots and potions that have promised to ward off the inevitable. The fight against looking my real age starts with makeup and ends with Photoshop and in the following series, this also holds true.

For a New York Times article titled, “What If Age Was Nothing But a Mind-Set?” commercial photographer/illustrator Zachary Scott transformed 6 toddlers into senior citizens. Using makeup, hair, prosthetics and retouching by Amy Dresser and Electric Art, Scott and his team channeled the old souls from these adorable kids, turning them into little grandmas and grandpas.

[REWIND: PHOTOGRAPHER DRESSES 2-YEAR-OLD IN CREATIVE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES ALL MONTH LONG]

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To see more of Zachary Scott’s work, visit his website here. Scott is represented by Sharpe + Associates.

CREDITS: All photographs by Zachary Scott are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[Via Laughing Squid]