A Photographic Exhibition

 

Photographing Everyday Life: A Photographic Exhibition

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A picture tells a thousand words and from 1st November to 8th November an exhibition of photographs at Uxbridge Library, London Borough of Hillingdon, told the public about the everyday life of research participants in mid-to-later life.

The ESRC-funded research project 'Photographing Everyday Life: Ageing, Lived Experiences, Time and Space' 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 diary. The exhibition show-cased the results and was a backdrop to a week of events at the library associated with the research project.  The Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Catherine Dann opened the exhibition at a well-attended launch reception on the evening of Monday 3rd November. Prof Mary Gilhooly, theme leader for Healthy Ageing within the Institute of the Environment, Health and Societies gave top tips from research on healthy living and ways to increase your chances of living to 100 years and over. The week continued with busy, bustling coffee mornings, opportunities to meet the Researchers, Dr Wendy Martin (Brunel University London) and Dr Katy Pilcher (Aston University), research talks and presentations and Digital Drop-In Clinics where Brunel London students helped members of the public with their digital devices such as mobile phones, laptops and cameras.

Thomas Ryan, Corporate Relations Officer said "The event has been so successful that the library has asked us to keep the exhibition there until further notice. We hope to arrange further exhibitions at Uxbridge Library in the future and to continue the Digital Drop-In Clinics on a once a month basis."

The photography exhibition itself received a large footfall and displayed a creative and interesting window into people’s daily lives. Photographic mosaics cleverly incorporated hundreds of small photographs of everyday scenes into a large themed photograph. A rolling slide show of photographs was displayed on the screens throughout the library and a washing line of small snap shots creatively displayed the outdoor everyday activities of the participants.

Dr. Wendy Martin, Principal Investigator, said "Producing the exhibition was a way of giving something back to our research participants and to showcase our research to the wider public. Most of the participants came along at some point during the week to see their photographic work displayed. We have received wonderful feedback and many have told me that the whole experience has been very reflective and thought provoking. People wandering through the library have been captivated by images of the ordinary and everyday, that often resonate with their own daily lives,  images that can also challenge stereotypes of ageing. "

 

Photographing Everyday Life website: http://sites.brunel.ac.uk/photographingdailylives

The exhibition was part of the national ESRC Festival of Social Science and was drawn from research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The event is a collaboration between Brunel University London, the ESRC Festival of Social Science, London Borough of Hillingdon, Uxbridge Library, the ESRC and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

 

The photographic exhibition  has previously been seen at The British Library, London; the University of Oxford at the British Society of Gerontology (BSG) conference; the University of Leeds at the British Sociological Association (BSA) conference; and at Brunel University London.

 

Photographing Everyday Life, Friday 28th June 2013, Michael Sterling Atrium, Brunel University London: See https://www.flickr.com/photos/bruneluniversity/sets/72157634643346505/

 

 

Watch Dr Wendy Martin presenting at a public engagement event: “Portraying Ageing: Cultural Assumptions and Practical Implications”, held in the British Library Conference Centre on Monday 28 April 2014. See:  http://socialwelfare.bl.uk/resources-tools/portraying14.aspx

 

Quotes from participants seeing the Brunel exhibition: 

I love the washing line. Who knew washing was so beautiful

Interesting, Strange, Wonderful

Photography communicates more than we can imagine

I liked the little books and postcards  to take home as they extend the process of engaging with the topic, it’s an extension of the exhibition space!

Great sense of how people live day to day – find the mundane is beautiful, uplifting!

The ordinary is indeed extraordinary!



Uxbridge Library, London Borough of Hillingdon

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science
Saturday 1st November to Saturday 8th November 2014

Uxbridge Library - Level 5

Exhibition can be viewed during library opening times

14 High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1HD

 

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Photographing Everyday Life is a free public exhibition of research participants in mid-to-later in life who created a weekly visual diary exploring the rhythms, patterns and meanings that underlie our habitual and routinised everyday worlds within daily life. The photographic exhibition draws on our research database of visual diaries and represents ordinary and everyday images of ageing and daily life that question and challenge the predominant stereotypical and alternative images of positive and negative images of later life. The exhibition presents photographs in a creative format. A focus on daily routines allows us to research data in novel ways.

To launch the exhibition there will be a special talk by Professor Mary Gilhooly on Healthy Ageing; and Dr Wendy Martin and Dr Katy Pilcher will talk about the research. Following the presentations, there will be a launch drinks reception at 5.30pm attended by the Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Catherine Dunn. To reserve your space, RSVP to corporate.relations@brunel.ac.uk or 01895 267277

There will be opportunities to meet the researchers, interact with the exhibition and attend some special drop-in sessions when you can bring along any devices which they may need some form of expert and technical support (e.g. laptops, smart phones, mobile phones) provided by Brunel Volunteers. Please see overleaf for details.

This exhibition is a part of the national ESRC Festival of Social Science and is drawn from research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the exhibition has previously been seen at The British Library, London; the University of Oxford at the British Society of Gerontology (BSG) conference; the University of Leeds at the British Sociological Association (BSA) conference; and at Brunel University London.

The researchers wish to thank the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada and Brunel University London who have supported the event. Brunel University London especially wishes to thank Uxbridge Library and the London Borough of Hillingdon for their enthusiastic support and hosting of the exhibition.

 

Programme November 1st – 8th November 2014

 

Saturday 1st Opening of exhibition at Uxbridge Library all day

  • 11.00am – 1.00pm Meet the researcher – Dr Wendy Martin (Brunel University London)
  • Drop in and explore the exhibition and re-consider the nature of habitual daily routines

Sunday 2nd Exhibition open to the public

 

Monday 3rd Exhibition open to the public

  • 4.00pm Coffee, tea and cake – and viewing of the exhibition
  • 4.30pm Research talks and presentation on Healthy Ageing
  • 5.30pm – 6.30pm Launch reception with the Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Catherine Dune
Please join us for a glass of wine, meet the researchers and view the exhibition

RSVP: Corporate Relations, Brunel University London:

corporate.relations@brunel.ac.uk or 01895 267277

 

Tuesday 4th Exhibition open to the public

  • 11.00am – 1.00pm Meet the researcher – Dr Katy Pilcher (Aston University)

Drop in and explore the exhibition and re-consider the nature of habitual daily routines

 

Wednesday 5th Exhibition open to the public

  • 11.00am – 2.00pm Digital drop in clinics

Do you need some help with your new or old laptop, help with your mobile phone or

camera? Brunel Volunteers will be available to sit with you and go through any questions

you might have with your digital devices.

 

Thursday 6th Exhibition open to the public

  • 3.00pm – 6.00pm Digital drop in clinics

Do you need some help with your new or old laptop, help with your mobile phone or

camera? Brunel Volunteers will be available to sit with you and go through any questions

you might have with your digital devices.

 

Friday 7th Exhibition open to the public

  • 10.00am – 12.00pm Uxbridge Library coffee morning with pastries and cakes and viewing of the exhibition

Meet the researcher – Dr Wendy Martin

 

Saturday 8th Exhibition open to public (closing at 4pm)

  • 3.00pm – 4.00pm Meet the researcher – Dr Wendy Martin

Drop in and explore the exhibition and re-consider the

nature of habitual daily routines