Offerings: The CareGivers' Project Workshops
How We See CareGiving: a Photographic Exploration
Just as giving care to an elder is a unique journey, what we see in images is in the eye of the beholder. This is a one hour interactive workshop using the portrait photographs from Reflections, The CareGivers' Project, collection of professional black and white photographs of self-identified caregivers and their elder care receiver. This workshop is suitable for groups of all generations, professional organizations, businesses who work with caregivers, community groups, children, caregivers, past caregivers, future caregivers. Using a simple written worksheet and a selection of these photographs we will facilitate a group discussion of the range of caregiver diversity and breadth of emotion found in the role of caregiver for an elder.
To exchange perceptions on who is a caregiver for an elder.
To elicit the qualitative range of emotions in a caregiving relationship.
To explore held views on the value of giving care to an elder.
Thanks to Mavencare New York City for helping us develop this workshop. Here is what they had to say:
A lot of people are unaware of about seniors and their lives and how much it matters. I love this project and good luck.
Great job, very touching.
Would be interesting to have children and adults participate at the same time and compare responses.
This was a fun exercise that fired up a creative side and my imagination.
For individuals who have cared for someone before may this to be very emotional.
I am curious how much perception varies between age groups.
Photographers speak on photography
"Photography is the story I fail to put into words."
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."
"In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality."
“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”
"Photography is the language that I am most able to communicate my feelings."