Reading / Behind the Image : Research in Photography

Fox, A and Caruana, N. (2012) Behind the Image: Research in Photography. Lausanne: AVA Publishing SA

Chapters 1-3

Some very brief notes / quotes from the first three chapters read whilst working through this section of the course and what I feel are particularly pertinent to my planning for Assignment 3.

Chapter 1. Planning

Reiterates the importance of planning “the first stages ” and to consider “what brought you to the project in the first place” p.g 11.

An initial draft plan can then be developed.

Consider a title , this “reveals more about a project than you may imagine” p.g 12 even if this is later changed.

The subject matter “is the most important part of your proposal : it will contain all the key details of the project” p.g 14

The “proposal should detail your approach to making the work and the different methods you will explore during the project” p.g 16 .

List reference sources for any research undertook , this “helps the proposal reader to understand the scope or ambition of the proposed project‘ p.g 18

Remember the importance of research “once you have found photographers that interest you , or a period of photographic history that is intriguing , make a note of the details ” p.g 21.

Chapter 2. Developing ideas through research

Research via books , museums , libraries , the Web , blogs , etc.

Review your progress ” you need time to review your project on an ongoing basis:don’t feel that a review is only done with a completed body of work. Having your progress reviewed is a rich and rewarding progress” p.g 51

Chapter 3. Practice as research

Practising photography -taking photographs-is a primary part of the research process” p.g 61

By shooting in the early stages of your project development , while you are still reading various texts and looking at other artists’ work , you will begin to visually track your progress‘ p.g 63.

Through review it is possible ” to re-evaluate ”  + “you need to shape and reshoot images ” p.g 64.

Try exploring ” the various technical aspects of photography” p.g 86.

Keep “detailed notes on what you have done so that when the photographs are printed you have a record of how they can be recreated. Bring the technical shooting notes together in your research documentation in order to archive the the findings of your exploration” p.g 86.

Post production .
Try everything out in the various digital programmes and then consider what meaning the altered image may have” p.g 94

Reflect .
Appraise the weaknesses and strengths of the project——-. Drawing attention to what is going well and what you are enjoying is a powerful motivator ” p.g 100.

Evaluate “at regular intervals–you should do it after each shoot and at the end of the project” p.g 100.

The book has an example of a self-reflection form which consists of
1. Project title
2. Subject
3. Aims / objectives / concepts
4. Audience
5. Context
6. Form / medium/ presentation
7. Research methods

By thinking about practice as a research process , you are allowing yourself the space and time to be able to make mistakes and to make any improvements you feel are necessary . You should never be afraid of making mistakes or pushing yourself into unknown territory. ” p.g 102

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