Research: Why?

Photography Tutor Led Session with Andrea Norrington

This was the first time I have joined one of these sessions, and overall it was a positive experience. There were students from a variety of courses and from as far away as New Zealand and South Africa.

Top take aways:

  • David Bailey quote “when they’re in front of the camera they’re everything to me”
  • Research should grab you. “always follow the rabbit”, Stephen Hawkins
  • Beware of the historiography – “who is telling the story”
  • Annotate your bibliography, even if it’s just to say ‘don’t read this again’!
  • 30 second rule – (see below)

(having written this blog, I’ve moved ‘top take aways’ to the top, so that it is read first)

A copy of the PowerPoint presentation from Andrea’s session can be read here

So why do research?

  • Stimulate ideas

Watched video “Rankin does Bailey” from a series called ‘7 Images that changed fashion photography”

One comment received re research is people saying that they don’t want their work to copy others. AN says it’s actually quite difficult to copy other’s photos and in fact it’s a really good exercise to try as it teaches you about posing, lighting, etc.

The 30 second Rule:

Immediately after every lecture, meeting or significant experience
• Take 30 seconds, no more, no less
• To write down the most important points:

  • 1 it’s not note taking
  • 2 it’s hard work
  • 3 detail is a trap
  • 4 you must act quickly
  • 5 you learn to listen better, and ask better questions
  • 6 you are able to help others more
  • 7 it gets easier and more valuable