“In this, the second of two papers, I demonstrate through a photographic case study, how Object-Oriented Photography might translate the awareness of the essence of reality into the photographic image. Using the research methodology of being – reflection – action as a starting point, I will describe and evaluate my photographic practice in Year 1 and discuss the concepts, strategies, techniques and evaluation models I have developed. This discussion informs the choices I have made developing a research methodology and choosing the research methods I wish to use. I will also outline the direction of my photographic practice in Year 2 and identify the anticipated contribution to knowledge of my PhD.”
The Case Study features one of four portfolios I produced in Year 1 and is a demonstration of a method and process borne out of my ontology and epistemology and informed by my academic research and practice. The method is designed to enhance the awareness of the images as a visual artefact and ultimately to provide a structural framework of developing awareness along the whole continuum from conception – capture – post-processing-appreciation – through to evaluation. The approach, models, constructs and templates will form the basis for the methods I will use in Year 2 of my photographic practice.
I was nervous as I joined the meeting, fearing that Part 2 had not reached the quality and standards I had set in Part 1, but my supervisor was largely happy with the draft. She suggested I revise the paragraphs about The Emotigram, thinking through exactly how I will use the tool – whether it be a means for me assessing my own images or for others to do so, or both. She also suggested I look at the research about ‘reading’ images. Overall, she felt the two parts formed a good basis for the written submission for the upgrade.
My plan now is to take into consideration the comments I have received about both parts, iron out typographical errors, combine the two parts into one document, attend to the University guidelines for the Upgrade document and consult with my second supervisor when she returns from annual leave and, if possible, arrange a meeting with my first and second supervisor to sign off the final version. I will need to submit the paperwork two weeks prior to the meeting.
It is hoped the upgrade meeting will be in September.