Participatory Photo Project
I'm conducting a research project on community food growing in Lambeth as part of my Masters degree in Anthropology, Environment and Development at UCL.
As part of this, I'd like to invite a small group to take part in a participatory photography project, using a method known as "photovoice".
What is Photovoice?
Photovoice is a research method in which participants use photography to highlight and discuss issues in their community, share experiences and raise awareness of their cause amongst policy makers and members of the public.
How does it work?
This project will take place over six weeks, starting the week beginning July 16th.
Each week we will meet for about an hour to discuss the project and the photos you have taken in that week. The workshops will take place in central Brixton, exact location tbc.
In the first workshop, we will discuss the process of taking photos and, as a group, you will come up with a list of five topics you wish to explore around the theme of community gardens. During the first week, you will then take a small number of photos that relate to the first topic, at your leisure, in the growing spaces in which you are involved. At the next workshop, we will discuss the photos you have taken and then prepare to take photos on the second topic during the next week, and so on.
At the end of the six weeks, we will meet and discuss all the photos and what we have learned during the project.
Why should I take part?
This aims to be a fun and creative way of exploring what the growing spaces you are involved in mean to you. Everyone will interpret the themes differently and the discussions will enable us to reflect on the growing spaces around us.
What do I need to get involved?
The aim of this project is to be as inclusive as possible. You do not need to own a camera or have photography skills to take part. The only requirements are:
- that you are somehow involved in a community garden in the borough of Lambeth (as an occasional or regular volunteer, organiser or in some other capacity)
- That you can commit to at least four out of the six workshop sessions including the first session.
If you would like to get involved, please sign up using the doodle poll below by Friday July 13th, giving your email address so I can contact you and selecting any of the times you would be available. If you are interested but none of these times are convenient, please email me at the address below. Workshops will be held at the same time each week. All responses to the poll will be private.
Sign up here: https://doodle.com/poll/q4s4tn994d7p5eag
If you have any questions or suggestions, please comment below or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading this, I hope to meet you soon.