a little bit of history as to how the Hands Project came into existence…
I was at the local Farmer’s Market and was checking out some really funky eco-dyed scarfs when the lady on the stall noticed I was carrying a camera. She introduced herself as Janine – of Zenzi Designs – and we got talking. At the time she was working at our local aged care facility and was on the lookout for a photographer who might be interested in a project she had pitched to management.
The idea was this: there are a wealth of stories from the old folk at the home. The people who helped to shape our community. We needed to be able to capture their stories before they passed away because these are the stories that are being lost.
I immediately said “Count me in!” and the Hands Project was in motion.
There was a bit of red tape to wade through before we could get started, with the first photos and stories being collected in late June 2016. Residents moved out and in, and some passed away, which made the project all the more important to the both of us.
It’s a project I hope to continue, and one that has prompted me to begin journaling my own stories, so that when my time comes, my children will know all of the exploits of their Mother!
Until then, I present the Hands Project.
Next week I will share Part 2 of the project with you here on the blog.
In the comments, I’d love to hear:
Do you have the stories of your older relatives? Are they written down, or have they been passed down orally?