The Outdoors: A Photo Elicitation Summary

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The Outdoors: A Photo Elicitation 1. Introduction: Taking a picture in the outdoors has been a staple of our culture since the mass production of portable cameras. This poses a few interesting questions however, why do we take pictures of our time outdoors? What about our time in the outdoors is so captivating that we want to capture that memory forever? What emotions or feelings are we expecting to capture so that we may relive them at a later date? Utilizing the natural conversational methods of a photo elicitation I aimed to find meaning behind what was so important about capturing the moments we spend outdoors. 2. Methods for collection and analysis: To be able to maximize the information gathered, I used a photo elicitation style interview…show more content…
Photo elicitations are used as a powerful research tool to gain insight into peoples lives by using their own stories and memories as a starting point to guide discussion towards a particular theme. As Kutz and Wood stated in their article “Stone Soup Photo Elicitation”; Photo elicitation style research provides both the researcher and the person being interviewed an opportunity to find meanings in photos they may not remember or make connections with themes that they didn’t realize were there. John Collier explored this as shown in Harpers article “Talking about Pictures”, he had stated that “its ability to prod latent memory, to stimulate and release emotional statements about the informant’s life”(Harper ) shows the benefit of using the photo elicitation method of research to gain more in depth and responses with more emotional significance. My interviewee was Jade, a 20 year old working at a day care…show more content…
Conclusion: To many people photos can hold a deeper meaning or invoke emotions that we have captured. To Jade her photos told her stories about her family’s past and they brought back memories of times with loved ones. The power of a photograph is a lot more than just a picture, they can invoke emotions or have specific meanings that only the picture taker, or those in the photos will remember. Jade felt that to her, her photographs told stories of her past that she “won’t remember off the top of her head right away”(Campany) and they served a purpose of letting her relive moments in her
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