“How We See The World” Through the eyes of the residents of Wesley at Millington Towers

During a recent resident meeting at Wesley at Millington Towers in Millington Tennessee, Manager Mary Russell introduced the idea of photography to the residents. After reading the idea in a magazine, Mary thought it might be a fun idea for the residents to capture what they thought was beautiful and interesting seen through their eyes.

Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund purchased 12 disposable cameras for Wesley at Millington Towers along with individual photo books and frames. 12 residents received cameras and the only instructions they were given were to take pictures of how they see the world and what moves them.

Ms. Sam’s favorite picture she took was of the farm where she grew up and lived over 84 years ago on Pleasant Ridge Road, Bateman Farm. She loved being able to go back and see the same steps she used to play on as a young girl. Ms. Morgan took a picture of the flags blowing in the wind at Memorial Gardens on Germantown Road.  Her husband and she used to work there and she remembers taking long walks through the peaceful grounds.

Looking through their personal photo books of pictures they took, Mr. Tommy mentions that he liked capturing people doing what they normally do. His favorite picture he took was of the courtyard at Millington Towers, “It is a quiet place to sit in the evening. The residents did a great job with the flowers and it is nice to look at them because I used to do a lot of gardening in my home before I came to Millington Towers.”   The flowers were also a favorite picture spot for Ms. Charlene who filled her album with flowers around the community.

“I am proud of where I live and excited to share the photos I took of where I live with others because I love Wesley at Millington Towers”, Ms. Donna said.   The photo Ms. Jean took reminded her of years gone by.  She took the photography activity as time to spend with her children and grandchildren who helped her take her photos.  Ms. Roselyn loves animals and took all of her photos at “Goat Day” in Millington.  Every time she took a picture, the animal would stop and look right at her.

The residents loved sharing their photographs in their personal photo books with me and with each other. They laughed and shared memories. One photo was picked from each resident’s album to be framed and hung on the wall at Wesley at Millington Towers for all to share and enjoy.

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