Working with Older People

Alech the FishmongerI have been working on the Livingston 50 heritage project for a while now and this set of workshops at Braid House is the final set before the planning of the exhibition.

It is refreshing working with a group of older participants. It brings with it challenges “I’ve no’ got a creative bone in my body hen”, being the classic line. But assisting them in bringing their memories in to a creative realm is rewarding and it allows me to work at a slower pace and in some cases individually. I love listening to their stories of an area I know very well and am in awe of the men who helped build Livingston as they look through archive images pointing out which areas they worked in as brick layers, pipe fitters, builders and kerb layers.

The mood in the sessions is very jovial; sharing jokes and scandalous gossip of the Development Corporation. They bring in photographs of their history in Livingston and of the people important in their lives. I listen while they share these images with me and respond as to how we take these inspiring images in to their finished piece of work. They will be creating commemorative plates illustrating their lives in Livingston, and these will be exhibited in April at Howden Park Centre as part of the Livingston 50 celebrations.

Above is a photograph of ‘Alec’ holding a sea bass. Alec was one of the first businesses to set up in Livingston at Craigshill Mall. He had the fish shop. Alec will include this photograph on his memorial plate to symbolise his business in Livingston. He took home the sea bass to have for his tea…

Published by lisafotos

I live in Edinburgh and graduated with a degree in Photography from Napier University. I loved travelling when i was younger which helped me form a strong world-view. I specialised my career to working with predominantly children and young people to develop their creative skills and, hopefully in the process, some additional skills and knowledge

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