A mindful project by Portlethen student

Ashleigh Falconer with her work
Ashleigh Falconer with her work

A former Portlethen Academy student has used her course work at an Aberdeen art school to raise awareness of dementia.

Ashleigh Falconer (21), a communication design student at Gray’s School of Art, has used photography to explore how dementia affects a person’s short term memory and has unveiled her work at the art school’s annual degree show.

She said: “A member of my family currently suffers from Alzheimer’s and although I no longer see her very often, I saw the affect that it was having on my grandparents, who I am very close with and who visit her frequently.

“I began to realise that I knew almost nothing about the disease, and it was then I decided that I wanted to spend my final year at university developing my knowledge on the subject and raising awareness through my photography.”

Ashleigh worked with her grandfather, who does not have dementia, to create a series of images looking at how the condition affects someone’s short-term memory.

She added: “Before undertaking the project, I couldn’t have told you the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia. I now have a much better understanding.”