Photography for the Geriatric 2

We are now 4 weeks into the program and have learned a lot as a group.
Many of the residents have great stories to tell about their old film cameras they used back in the day.
Others just enjoy trying something new and having fun.



We tried to focus on stories in this next batch.
After taking the pictures, we discussed various tales we could see in each image.
Many were able to come up with a few for each image.







Next we did a photo booth where they chose the lighting and the direction.
We wound up with some great shots thanks to their creativity and advice!











Next class we will be looking at physical prints and discussing the feelings and memories they evoke!

Photography for the Geriatric

I've started teaching photography at the assisted living home!
Two weeks in and this has already been a wonderful experience for both myself and the residents.




The hope is that they may start to develop new ways to create and maintain memories.
When I look at a photo I've created, my mind fills with memories of everything surrounding that moment.
The sweat on my brow, the conversation I had before the shoot, how embarrassed I was that my battery died, and even sifting through the photos to make a print.
The physicality of doing all these actions associated with creating a photograph really reinforce those memories in my mind when I look at the image in my hands.

So, perhaps these folks may be able to take away something from that.
Maybe they might even learn new ways to express themselves. Get in tough with feelings they've been repressing. Let us know what's really going on.
At the very least, it is a fun way to spend the afternoon.
Here are some of their photos.












Once the class is over, we will print their photos and create a gallery showing in the home along with a reception. 

BIG shout out to the Exeter Community Thrift Shop for their generous donations!
Without their help this class would not have been possible.
Please go visit them at: 96 Epping Rd, Exeter, NH 03833