18 – Photographing Everyday Life

Discovery Trail 18 (Mary Seacole 1st Floor Mezzanine, research exhibition)

Ageing, Lived Experiences, Time and Space

Photographing Everyday Life is an exhibition that highlights some of the photographs taken by research participants in mid-to-later life who created a weekly visual diary exploring the rhythms, patterns and meanings that underlie our habitual and routinised daily lives. The exhibition presents the photographs in a creative and novel format.

18 Photographing Everyday Life lead image high res

The photographic exhibition draws on a research database of visual diaries and represents ordinary and everyday images of daily life that question and challenge the predominant stereotypical and alternative positive and negative images of ageing.

About the research:

The aim of this project was to explore the significance of the ordinary and day‑to‑day and focus on the everyday meanings, lived experiences, practical activities and social contexts in which people in mid‑to‑later life live their daily lives.

The research involved a diverse sample of 62 women and men aged 50 years and over who took photographs of their different daily routines to create a weekly visual diary. This diary was then explored through in-depth photo-elicitation interviews.

Researchers: Dr Wendy Martin (Brunel University London) and Dr Katy Pilcher (Aston University), UK.

Original Project Artist: Laura O’Malley

Curator: George Mogg.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Further information please contact: Dr Wendy Martin, Principal Investigator
Brunel University London
wendy.martin@brunel.ac.uk Tel: +44(0)1895 268747

Photographs are Copyright of Dr Wendy Martin

Website: http://sites.brunel.ac.uk/photographingdailylives

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