FOUR photographs of people with Alzheimers and dementia taken by Louth photographer Ken Finegan are to be accepted into Dundalk Institute of Technology’s (DkIT) permanent collection.
The images are of four locals called Frank, Ann, Phil and Marie who are members of The Birches Alzheimers Daycare Centre on Priorland Road, Dundalk.
The project is called ‘Club Life’ and was completed by Ken as part of his Masters of Fine Art (MFA) in Photography at the University of Ulster, York Street Belfast.
“There is a great level of care in Louth for the ageing whether it be in the Birches or at the Netwell Centre. I wanted to use the project to highlight the good work that is being done in relation to Alzheimers and dementia,” said Ken.
“I boiled down my research to one word which was ‘personhood’. I was inspired by a quote from Tom Kitwood, the founder of the Bradford Dementia organisation.
“Kitwood said: ‘It’s a status that one person bestows upon another in a relationship or social being. It implies recognition, respect and trust’.”
Ken decided to use the project to increase his and others awareness and understanding about Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimers related dementia.
“I wanted to convert numbers into people and show that there are real people with families behind the statistics. Alzheimers is a terrible disease. It affects the person with Alzheimers or dementia and their family and the wider community,” he said.
“The images are a visualisation of personhood and are slightly conceptual. When I exhibited the photographs last year I had a great reaction.”
The photographs have been published in two publications and have been exhibited in galleries in Dundalk, Dublin and Belfast.
The launch of the ‘Club Life’ a photography project is due to take place in the Syndicate Room, Dr TK Whitaker Building today Tuesday, June 4 at 2pm.