A Moray care home has appointed its own “photographer in residence” to rekindle treasured memories among residents.
Amateur enthusiast Duncan Rennie has been working with Glenisla in Keith on a reminiscence project to capture the places and events that have shaped lives.
Images collected for the gallery, which is now on display at the Parklands-operated care home, feature local sights including Portknockie’s Bow Fiddle Rock, Linn Falls at Aberlour and the Keith to Dufftown heritage railway.
As well as reminding residents of happy times it is hoped they will also help those with dementia navigate their own memories.
Mr Rennie, whose late father lived at Glenisla, said: “I used to visit my dad on a regular basis and would show him pictures and videos relating to his life and interests.
“Other residents used to sit in and enjoy the experience. It was always a conversation starter and the reaction from residents was one of enjoyment and happiness.
“I continued to take and show photos where it became clear this sparked a light with residents, triggering happy memories and reflections on working and family life.”
Mr Rennie has also worked with residents on reminiscence videos featuring hopes and fears of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing and their own memories of love and relationships.
A future project is planned to create a film to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day in May.
Catherine Ellwood, activities coordinator at Glenisla, said: “Duncan’s photography is a window into the world of our care homes and shows every aspect of life – from residents relaxing with a cup of tea, celebrating a milestone birthday, cycling in the grounds of Glenisla and even ceilidh dancing.
“Duncan’s wonderful images remind us that care homes are not institutions; they are full of people with active minds and active lives.”
Ron Taylor, managing director of Parklands, added: “Duncan has done some remarkable work over the past few months with our residents and staff and we are proud to have him as our photographer in residence. His photography and reminiscence films have brought joy to many residents and their families.”