“My Dementia Life Matters”
with Ronald Amanze and David Truswell
Funded by Race and Equality Foundation, UnLtD
Summer 2020 - Present

The 10th chapter of The Photobook Project, “My Dementia Life Matters” invites people living with dementia in black and minority ethnic communities in the UK to document what matters to them. Using single-use cameras over 27 days, the photographs are kept in the order they were taken in so to preserve the narrative of the images. 

The project has been titled “My Dementia Life Matters” by Ronald Amanze who lives with dementia (see portraits below) as a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement. Ronald says:

“The health arena is so often excluding of black lives. We only get included in the snapshots. I don’t know what front of the queue looks like”

This project is all about presenting a framework for others to take ownership of; it’s focus is on empowering people with dementia’s voices. Ronald summarises:

“Our project gives people the power
to social prescribe for themselves”

Participants feature on radio and podcasts created by Ronald. Photographer Hannah Wright has taken portraits of participants and Creative Producer Lucy Hawes is creating a film about the project, released summer 2021.

Photo Credits: Hannah Wright, John Hersey & Mrs Wai Fan Man