Of course, it has become de rigueur for any young man with sufficient aspirations to hipsterdom and levels of testosterone to grow a big, chunky fisherman’s beard, and we’ve become used to the sight of hirsute models on the runways and in ad campaigns. But let’s face it, when it comes to facial hair, no one quite does it like the old dudes (think Ernest Hemingway, Abraham Lincoln, Gandalf the Grey, Santa Claus, and, you know, God).
We are reminded of this fact by Beard, a new exhibition that opens at Somerset House in London this month, featuring the work of British photographer Mr Elbank. As part of a skin cancer awareness campaign, #Project60, he has photographed beardies from all walks of life, but our favourites are the seasoned chin-dos – white-streaked, a bit knotty and gnarly, from which you’d stand a very good chance of retrieving a piece of breaded scampi not seen since 1972. Now that, boys, is commitment.