They all eventually warmed up to her, and she built relationships with them in a short amount of time.
Most of them ended up giving her advice on loving others, respect and working hard. She said a lot of them said they felt they were only 40 or 50 years old.
And Hobbs got a peek at their youthfulness when it was time to take their pictures.
“It was cute,” she said. “Every time I’d ask to take their picture, they’d smile and giggle like little school boys and girls.”
Jared Smith, social services director at Alexandria Care Center, said all the residents were impressed with Hobbs. They said nothing but positive things about the photographer and the experience.
“She was invested in their stories and getting to know them,” he said. “They felt it was quite genuine on her end.”
Smith said he’s seen one of the images set to be displayed Sunday and he’s anxious to see the rest. The nursing home hasn’t ever done anything like the project before, and is open to doing it again in the future.
Hobbs said the portraits will be on display for about a week following the gallery opening. Additional prints can be purchased from Hobbs, as well as a Portable Document Format (PDF) for the stories.
She’ll also eventually start posting the portraits and stories on her website and Facebook page. She plans to post one story every week or two.
“It’s kind of a mission you want to keep going and give recognition to the nursing home,” Hobbs said. “You want people to keep thinking about the people in there, otherwise it fades away.”
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