I am seven months into my PhD and after drafting the Introduction Chapter of my thesis, and then creating an outline structure of the thesis, I decided this week to create a detailed framework for each chapter. The outline plan is as follows:
Chapter 1 – Introduction (4,000 words)
Chapter 2 – Ontology (7,000 words)
Chapter 3 – Position in Contemporary Practice (25,000 words)
Chapter 4 – Methods (5,000 words)
Chapter 5 – Photographic Outputs (15,000 words)
Chapter 6 – Conclusion (4,000 words)
Thinking ahead I will need to produce documentation and evidence in support of upgrade – this is a process that formally confirms my status as a PhD candidate at the University of Dundee. It is important, and it will not only rely on the documentation I produce but on me successfully responding to questions from the Upgrade panel. Although, it is a few months off, likely to be in July, August or September, I need to ensure that my work plan takes account of the priorities for upgrade – these will include academic research, drafting sections of the thesis and ensuring I have undertaken sufficient photographic practice. I will also need to give consideration to how I will present my work.
My plan as far as my thesis is concerned is to produce a further draft of Chapter 1 Introduction and produce a reasonable draft of Chapter 2 Ontology. If I have time, I may also make a start on Chapter 4 Methods. In order to do this, I need to do more reading and research to inform my writing.
In terms of my photographic practice, I need to decide what I wish to present and how. This will depend on whether my Upgrade Meeting is held on-line or in person. This leaves me with a dilemma as to whether to focus on the production of digital or printed images. I understand that I may be able to have access to an exhibition space next to the area where my Upgrade Meeting might take place. This will need to be booked, which means I need more certainty about when and in what form the meeting will be conducted. I also need to consider whether I wish to hold an exhibition on Skye before upgrade. Again, with our Covid future uncertain, this is not something I can book at the moment although I do have a provisional booking for an exhibition on Skye in September. As far as photographic outputs are concerned, I have four collections in progress. I need to decide whether to produce more images for these collections or whether to embark on a new idea, or spend time working on presentation.
Lots to think about as I move into the eighth month of my studies . . .