In addition to our snapshots of friends and family, holidays and special events, some of us also take pictures of things just because they caught our interest. We were thinking about something else, when suddenly – as if with a tap on the shoulder – our attention was drawn to the sight of… two children playing in a park, an old house, or a bicycle lying by the side of the road.
But we don’t know those children, or the people who lived in that house – and that’s not our bicycle.
This project explores the possibility that, when our attention is attracted to scenes with which we have no logical or personal connection, it is because we recognised something about the scene or the elements within it as an symbolic description of the way we see the world – or perhaps as an allegorical self-portrait.
This project will encourage participants to reflect on the possible significance of their apparently ‘random’ snapshots – and to consider them as potentially valuable sources of personal insight.
Over the course of (approximately) two months, participants will be asked to:
- Take photographs of scenes to which your attention is intuitively attracted
- Meet three times (online) for approximately one hour each time (twice with the researcher and the other participants – and once one-on-one with the researcher)
- Describe and discuss your thoughts and reactions to the things you have photographed
Full anonymity is guaranteed.
The following are regrettably excluded from participation:
- Those with prior training or expertise in photography
- Those with prior training or expertise in psychology/psychotherapy
- Those under 18 years of age
If interested in taking part in this project, please contact Rutherford@bournemouth.ac.uk