A group of older women met in a series of six day long workshops, led by Rosy Martin. They were invited to make, then talk about, their own alternative photographic diaries on age and ageing. By using phototherapeutic techniques to reframe how each looked at her own narratives of self and ageing, scenarios were chosen to re-enact. Working in pairs, the photographer offered a therapeutic gaze of nurturance and permission giving to the sitter, who performed her stories, using her chosen clothes and props. Each narrative included images of transformation and self-nurturance. Then the roles were exchanged. Images which challenge stereotypes of ageing were created, and the whole process enabled each participant to find ways to transform her views of herself.

Workshop using a Photo-therapy approach facilitated by Rosy Martin

See the Photo-Therapy workshop page for more information.