'It’s exhilarating, being reintroduced back into a creative mind frame, to meet people with the same mind set. It's been an enormous help’.
Margaret, a photojournalist diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, was one of two professionals at a recent Photographers’ Gallery project, which she attended with her daughter, Gabriella.
'I’m beginning to feel like a whole person. I'm quite reserved They have brought me out of myself. It’s a real booster. It makes it easier to socialise.’
Margaret immediately re-engaged with the technicalities and poetics of photography. ‘There’s so much happening here. I feel the huge potential. I’ve regained my skill in photography.’ She then came to the National Portrait Gallery and Museum of Brands workshops, where she collaborated in a range of creative activities – creating slogans, sound effects, website images and logos – that she felt opened up new vistas. ‘I enjoyed being expressive as well as creative – I’m rejuvenated.’ Margaret is now engaged in three arts activities a week.