In my PhD thesis, I refer to a visual heuristic The Recursive Loop – A Practice-Led Research Model, created by me.

The Recursive Loop – A Practice-Led Research Model – Alison Price

With practice embedded in the centre of my research and the model above, several intersecting recursive loops represent insights discovered in practice and developed through my ontology, epistemology, methodology and methods.  In this post, I will refer back to some of my blogs, referred to in my thesis as insights, that were damascene in their impact either through a realisation, understanding, or a change in direction in my practice or research.  In future posts, I will explain a little more about these insights and how and why they were significant.

Turning My Back on Phenomenology (November 2019)

This post, written in the final days of my MA, as I produced my Critical Review of Practice, in hindsight represents a philosophical turn in my photographic practice.  The dissatisfaction with presence and sensory perception I speak of in this post, combined with my reading of Graham Harman’s Object-Oriented Ontology (2018) in December of the same year led me to the decision to undertake doctoral studies.

Thought Piece 1 – Getting to the Essence . . . (October 2020)

In the second week of my PhD, I decided to write Thought Pieces and post them on my Critical Research Journal (CRJ).  I intended to raise questions, not always with immediate answers and identify a range of related issues.  Not surprisingly, my preoccupation at this stage was “essence”.

Critical Reflection of Practice (December 2020)

A few weeks into my PhD practice, I visit a chaotic Loch Cill Chroisd on a stormy day and allowed nature to paint its pictures.

Supervisor Meeting 7 (December 2020)

In an early meeting with my supervisor, I refer to a practice period at the lone silver birch tree and record my first experience of being aware of Being.

Thought Piece 11 – More on my Research Model and Methods (January 2021)

 Early in 2021, with the help of Robin Nelson’s book Practice as Research in the Arts (2013) I articulate my epistemological approach, and how I will acquire knowledge.

Critical Reflection of Practice (January 2021)

A formative period of practice “Among Trees” was to be transformative in my search for essence as I began to see the trees as a collective with a reality, connectedness and interiority of its own.

Relations between Objects in OOO (October 2021)

While accepting much of Graham Harman’s speculative realism, I began to question his explanation of how objects “touch without touching” – what he calls “vicarious causation”.

Notes and Images from a Small Island (Practice 7 Day 9) (November 2021)

On a day of wet weather, I do not leave the car but take still videos through my car windscreen.  As the gloopy rain falls, I see a world of revealing and concealing objects – a Heideggerian world, and also Harman’s world.  A world revealed through perceptive and dynamic awareness.

 Notes and Images from a Small Island (Practice 8 Day 1) (January 2022)

From a scene of devastation, a new reality in the “forest” – a moment of insight in my practice-led research.

Critical Reflection and Review of Practice (Practice Period 9 Week 1) (March 2022)

This post marks a change in practice methods, dwelling in the landscape over longer periods.

Concertina Book Completed for EXPO 2023 Exhibition at the University of Dundee (December 2022)

A period of collaborative practice and exhibiting at EXPO 2023.

The Bookmaking Process Begins . . . (June 2023)

The Decisions and Challenges with Bookmaking Continue . . . (June 2023)

Two posts about the production of my Handmade Artist’s Book.

What Does Entanglement Mean for my Photographic Practice (August 2023)

How the entanglement of Being, a world of shared realities, manifests in my photographic practice.

As I review my Critical Research Journal, I find looking again at the archive of posts as to how my journey has developed, there are lots of posts that are worthy of another read.  Necessarily, I can only refer to a few here.




Harman, G. (2018). Object-Oriented Ontology – A New Theory of Everything. Milton Keynes, Pelican Books.

Nelson, R. (2013). Practice as Research in the Arts:  Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances. London, Palgrave Macmillan.



Alison Price

Alison Price

My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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