Visual Methods in Lockdown: Autoethnographic Photography - Online (fully booked)


24/03/2021 - 25/03/2021

Organised by:

University of Liverpool


Dr Terence Heng


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Dr Grace Gaynor

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Venue: Online


Movement restrictions and regional/national lockdowns have meant that some forms of research are now much harder to do than others. While many qualitative methods like interviews and surveys translate quite easily to an online environment, others like photography and observation are more difficult to do. In this workshop, we will consider how photography as a visual autoethnographic method can be used by researchers looking to document and narrate their experiences during periods of lockdown.

Over 2 days, participants will be introduced to both the technical and theoretical aspects of photography of the self and by the self. Day 1 will consider useful theories of photography in relation to ethnographic traditions (photographing space, self-portraits and objects), as well as a review of easy-to-access / affordable equipment that researchers can use (with a focus on everyday imaging devices like smartphones). Participants will also discuss and critique pre-supplied visual essays. On Day 2, participants will reconvene with pre-prepared photographs for peer-supported crits, and delve deeper into how other creative methods, like poetry, can be aligned with photographs. Finally, participants will get a chance to post-process their photographs and draft their own visual essay.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  •  Understand the basics of photography in photographing objects, spaces and self-portraits
  •  Develop their own collection of visual autoethnographic images
  •  Articulate the principles of creating basic visual essay



24 March 2021 – 9am – 12 noon

0900-0910: Welcome and Introduction

0910-1000: (Presentation) Introducing Photography as a Research Method

1000-1015: Coffee Break

1015-1200: Techniques and Technologies

In the afternoon, participants will be asked to create up to 5 photographs as a series of “staying at home”, and to email these photographs to


25 March 2021 – 9am – 12 noon

0900-1000: Peer-supported critiques of yesterday’s photographs + some post-pricessing techniques

1000-1030: Coffee Break + Breakout to create 1-2 more photographs

1030-1100: Critique of newly-created photographs

1100-1145: (Presentation and Discussion) Making Visual Essays as Academic Outputs

1145-1200: Conclusion and wrapping up


£30 per day for students registered at UK/EU University. £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions. £100 per day for all other participants


North West


Visual Methods, Photographic research, Autoethnography

Related publications and presentations:

Visual Methods
Photographic research

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