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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Susan Andrews

Research Outcomes

Outcome 1 - The Lois Project
This project investigates the significance of images that depict the day-to-day experience of growing up and family relationships, rather than images of high days and holidays that reinforce the childhood fantasy. The nature of the work reflects my dual role as Lois' mother and her chronicler; photographs happen in the gaps between the scheduled significances and unexpected dramas of childhood. Lois participates in all image making and the work evolves, reflecting the growing-up of my subject.


Outcome 2 - Black Dogs
This work explores the changed perceptions of those who have experienced depression. Each subject has been photographed from behind in landscapes or open spaces of significance to them. But the landscape that offers solace is meaningless in the depressed state and compounds the subject’s isolation. The back of the individual refers to the hidden aspects of self but also bestows anonymity, reflecting perceived prejudice associated with the condition.


Outcome 3 - Margery’s: A Photographic Essay of Intimate Relationships in the Home
The work explores the interior of Margery’s home. It examines her domestic environment and possessions and how they reveal insights into her history, lifestyle and beliefs. It explores how homes become "containers of time". It is concerned with the representation of the individual through the scrutiny of the domestic environment.


Outcome 4 - Shifting Perspectives
This work explores the photographic representation of people with Down’s Syndrome, challenging attitudes and prejudices and examining alternative representations of both adults and children. Outside the areas of medical and charity based imagery there has been little serious photographic inquiry into this subject area. The work also confronts an image-saturated culture where the appearance of the individual holds such high currency. It addresses the way in which this attitude is reflected in the narrowness of photographic representations relating to value and beauty.


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