There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?" And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it."
About the Mirror
There are very few photographs of people with dementia that reflect the joy and love in their lives. It inspired us to make a mirror so that people with dementia might see themselves reflected back in ways that don't seem monstrous. This photographic exhibition calls on people with dementia, their family and friends to share portraits of people with dementia living their lives. Please share a photo with us by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Swimming & fishing in the Ocean - Kev Clarke
Enjoying the sunshine - Keith & Wendy Glass
Hanging out with grandchildren - Kev Clarke
Hanging out with mates - Alfie Di Meo & Andy Creighan
Paddle boarding - Kev Clarke
Eating ice-cream - Edie Mayhew
I love ice cream. My favourite flavour is chocolate and pistachio. They are pretty good. The most ice creams I have ever eaten was 8 scoops a day on a River Cruise in Europe. I cant remember eating that many, I think maybe Anne made that up. I like vanilla as well. I also like Magnum sometimes. (Photo by Dorothy McDonald).
Dancing - Keith & Wendy Glance
Knitting - Yvonne Bedford.
I started knitting when I was 11. My sister Brenda taught me. All my sisters did. I made all the boys school shirts. I knitted the babies clothes and school jumpers. It’s relaxing to knit. When I knit I think about what happened yesterday and what I am going to have for lunch. I haven’t forgotten how to knit, it just comes naturally. (Photo by Dorothy McDonald).