Daycare centre in the frame
An exhibition of stunning images of people aged from their 70s to their 90s, and connected with a local daycare centre, is now on display in Bandon.
The project took a full year to complete.
It was organised by Bandon Day Care Centre as part of the many events and activities undertaken as part of the recent Culture Night.
by Noreen Walsh, a nurse coordinator at the care centre, and supported by the Soroptimist Friends of Bandon Day Care Centre.
Photographer Agnieszka O’Sullivan was commissioned to take portraits of a large group of service-users who attend the centre one day a week.
Over the course of a year, Agnieszka took photographs of a total of about 60 willing clients at Bandon Day Care Centre.
Aged between 75 and 95, the subjects come from the town itself and from miles around including villages such as Innishannon, Enniskeane, Ballinadee, Cloughduv, Aherla and Newcestown.
The photographs were not posed and Agnieszka snapped residents engaged in activities such as knitting, lace-making, painting and even playing bingo!
She also took close-ups of peoples’ hands engaged in various arts and crafts pursuits.
Noreen said she got the idea after submitting an exhibition of the clients’ arts and crafts work for Culture Night two years ago.
For Culture Night 2018, however, she began her preparations well in advance deciding that this time around, the daycare users themselves would be the focus of the exhibition and commissioned a series of candid photographs.
“They were not posed and they show our clients engaged in different activities,” she said, noting Agnieszka got to know the clients very well during the months she spent photographing a group who were interested in participat- ing in the project.
The results, said Noreen, were “fabulous”.
“The exhibition celebrates their individuality and diversity. Some photographs are in colour, and some are black and white. You see the individual and their abilities and they really come alive in these photographs.
“The feedback from people who have viewed it is very positive,” she said, conceding she is personally delighted with the results. “There are also some photographs of simply hands engaged in activities,” she said.
The exhibition, currently on display in the AIB bank in Bandon, will run until Friday next, November 30.
Photographer Agnieszka O’Sullivan, Sheila McCarthy of AIB, and and nursing coodinator Noreen Walsh. who initiated the project, at AIB Bank in Bandon for an exibition of photographs depicting the daily lives of residents at Bandon Day Care Centre.