Research Method: Photography
I’ve employed photography as a means to capture visual and, through snapshot, affective sensibilities, those that are fleeting, convivial encounters, whilst doing my live residencies and also doing fieldwork at my case studies.
Here, I’m taking photos to generate visual data in itself. One of the advantages of the photograph is that it records in excess of what is required; there is typically more in a photo than is intended. It’s through reflexive observation and analysis of the photos, both in-the-moment and after the site visit or residency event, that I can establish new findings and further tailor and direct my research question. Incidental visual information can stimulate new ideas and research questions. Through photography, a trusted visual method for me, I let the findings my photos uncover without preconception then further inform my research.
Patty Healy McMeans | PhD Methodology
All documentation photography by resident Andy DuCett
Andy was the one of the three recurring residents for 2015. He was the only artist from the US (Minneapolis) to travel to Scotland. During his residency in Scotland he was an acting guest in both Gifford and Edinburgh. Through the residency in Minneapolis Andy became the host and was able to share his native knowledge of Minneapolis.
Andy is a natural storyteller and was critical in documenting (unofficially) the 2015 residency through his photography. As participant, his photos glean his interactions, experiences, connections, and interactions with the other residents. They are both critical, and crucial to the entire observance of Ten Chances.