Category Archives: visual inquiry

About seeing – What we perceive vs. what is there

We tend to think that we all see the same when we look at something that is in front of our eyes. However, our social and cultural backgrounds clearly play a role. For example, in our multi-cultural household we perceive

About seeing – What we perceive vs. what is there

We tend to think that we all see the same when we look at something that is in front of our eyes. However, our social and cultural backgrounds clearly play a role. For example, in our multi-cultural household we perceive

When photographs talk

Originally posted on The Stereoscopic Eye:
“The Echo of Things” is the result of an ethnographic study of photography in Roviana (Solomon Islands) carried out by Christopher Wright between 1998 and 2001. The book starts with a prologue in which…

When photographs talk

Originally posted on The Stereoscopic Eye:
“The Echo of Things” is the result of an ethnographic study of photography in Roviana (Solomon Islands) carried out by Christopher Wright between 1998 and 2001. The book starts with a prologue in which…

3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bin Men

Every day, the bin men tirelessly whisk away the rubbish we have set outside.  Chances are, you haven’t given much thought to what happens to your rubbish after it leaves your bin.  Although we all know bin men do this

3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bin Men

Every day, the bin men tirelessly whisk away the rubbish we have set outside.  Chances are, you haven’t given much thought to what happens to your rubbish after it leaves your bin.  Although we all know bin men do this

smart cities and why they need a lot more social scientists to get involved

Originally posted on visual/method/culture:
I spent a very interesting day a couple of weeks ago at the MK Future Cities conference, held at The Open University in Milton Keynes.  It looked to me like there were well over…

smart cities and why they need a lot more social scientists to get involved

Originally posted on visual/method/culture:
I spent a very interesting day a couple of weeks ago at the MK Future Cities conference, held at The Open University in Milton Keynes.  It looked to me like there were well over…

Photo-Elicitation and Finding Meaning in Dublin

Recently on a trip to Dublin with a friend, we stayed in the home of a local woman three kilometers from the city center. Deanne, as we will call her, lived in a comfortable three-bedroom home with book-filled shelves and

Photo-Elicitation and Finding Meaning in Dublin

Recently on a trip to Dublin with a friend, we stayed in the home of a local woman three kilometers from the city center. Deanne, as we will call her, lived in a comfortable three-bedroom home with book-filled shelves and

Perceiving Photography

They say a picture tells a thousand words; from studying visual sociology I must agree that indeed the statement is true. However, I believe a picture tells so much more than just a thousand words, and this blog post will tell you why. Studying

Perceiving Photography

They say a picture tells a thousand words; from studying visual sociology I must agree that indeed the statement is true. However, I believe a picture tells so much more than just a thousand words, and this blog post will tell you why. Studying

A Cinderella Story

In visual sociology we often pose research questions throughout the concept of the narrative. Within this section we must consider the idea and techniques of the narrative, an idea which according to some authors have been around since the beginning

A Cinderella Story

In visual sociology we often pose research questions throughout the concept of the narrative. Within this section we must consider the idea and techniques of the narrative, an idea which according to some authors have been around since the beginning

The Silent Subject

As visual sociologists it is our job to take photographs that tell the viewer something about the subject; to answer a question we have already asked ourselves before our research has even begun. In 1936 when Dorothea Lange took several

The Silent Subject

As visual sociologists it is our job to take photographs that tell the viewer something about the subject; to answer a question we have already asked ourselves before our research has even begun. In 1936 when Dorothea Lange took several

Space and Place around Nuig Campus

I have decided to write about the Campus Walk in my blog post. In our campus walk we visited various eating and drinking establishments around the College campus. The reason I chose this is because I find it very interesting

Space and Place around Nuig Campus

I have decided to write about the Campus Walk in my blog post. In our campus walk we visited various eating and drinking establishments around the College campus. The reason I chose this is because I find it very interesting

Starting notes on the visual and social inquiry

In 2005, Douglas Harper argued for an Integrative Visual Sociology, which enables an empathetic understanding of sociological questions, as opposed to a more pattern-analysis-based, macro conceptualization of sociological questions. The main features of this new approach are: Work with traditional assumptions

Starting notes on the visual and social inquiry

In 2005, Douglas Harper argued for an Integrative Visual Sociology, which enables an empathetic understanding of sociological questions, as opposed to a more pattern-analysis-based, macro conceptualization of sociological questions. The main features of this new approach are: Work with traditional assumptions