Seminar 10 - Charlie Hackett - Asking Questions of Public Spaces: Unconventional Visual Narratives and Storytelling 

Description 
Not a typical questionnaire, does this change people's perceptions of the questions or change how they would answer them? 
Spoke to drug users, pharmacists and people outside of the pharmacies. Although not related to my research, the approach of speaking to those who are involved within the landscape, those who use it, those who live near the areas, and those who pass by, could be an approach that I could use to apply similar ways of interviewing etc. 
Film for the conference – no background in filmmaking, but in playing around with the camera, I could make something that fitted with the project idea – something that I could apply to my process, adopting a technique that shows what I want to portray, but it doesn’t have to be a to the standard of work that others working in that field can produce. Utilising a technique to document rather than looking to become a filmmaker. Ideas > Production ‘Quality’ 
Through editing the film, became aware of lots of elements wasn’t aware of – editing became a research method. 
The Glasgow Effect - low life expectancy and poor health of residents of Glasgow, compared to the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe. 
Alcohol and how young people progress to adulthood – How do different genders drink, how do the different age groups? 
Street Art, using fabric, so people could stand upon the different places of the fabric that fitted with their beliefs. 
Localism, where do people feel that they come from? Glaswegian? Scottish? British? European? 
How do people interact with politics on the street? 
Fluxus Art 

Personal Reflection 
I found this lecture to be very difficult to consume, both at the time and upon listening again to it. I found Charlie’s research fascinating and that it unearthed a perspective from a group that there is little insight in to, particularly in terms of the creative arts.  
I feel that ingrained prejudices in society make it difficult to often see this. I feel that personal experiences I have had, also added to this, as I found it very difficult to think objectively about the points being raised.  
I found the reading however, to be very interesting, possibly due to the diverse range of narratives that were being offered, and the minorities that the papers focused on. I felt that I was learning about portions of society that there was little representation of, or that perhaps, more likely little representation within the reading that I am used to. The photography project on black middleclass male youth, was particularly interesting, as it is a segment of society that appears missing from photo essays that I have viewed, with a predominant focus on lower class, if black youths are tackled at all. 
Despite all the points raised, and the interest to me, I feel that there is little relevance to my current project, and my practice as a whole. As I predominantly focus on rural landscape, which often lack racial diversity within the communities, particularly Deeside where I am currently photographing. The same goes for drug addicts, with there been some drug issues within the community, but none to the extent of that within cities.  
This may however, become more important within my work, if I were to continue my street photography. Currently this doesn’t factor into my plans, but I find the process of photographing on the street to be a useful foil to the process of landscape photography. The more instinctual, candid and faster way of working often can be a breath of fresh air and provide a freedom that the technical set up of the landscape images I take, lack. 
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