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dc.contributor.advisorMacleod, Hamish
dc.contributor.advisorQuayle, Ethel
dc.contributor.authorFawns, Timothy James
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-27T13:26:30Z
dc.date.available2017-07-27T13:26:30Z
dc.date.issued2017-07-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/22989
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores practices and experiences of using photography to support remembering. While the increasing use of photography is well documented, we have limited theoretical understanding of how we approach the taking, organising, and sharing of personal images in relation to memory, and of the opportunities and risks that are created through technological change. Two studies were conducted in which a total of 21 participants were interviewed in front of a sample of their photographs. Study 1 explored photography and remembering around a single, specific event: a wedding. Study 2 explored longer-term patterns of photographic and remembering activity across a range of contexts and events. The analysis showed that the ways that participants engaged with other people and technologies were significant in determining the kinds of photographs that were produced, and the engagement with those photos. Photographic practices were also heavily influenced by the situations in which they were performed and the beliefs and preferences of individuals. The existence of photographs could lead to thinking about particular aspects of the past, but the taking of photographs also altered the experience of what was being photographed. This could be seen as disruptive, depending on the participant’s beliefs about whether photography was a legitimate part of experience. When taking photos, participants pursued a mix of aesthetics, objectivity, and personal meaning, and perceptions of these qualities could influence the way that photographs were used in cueing recall. However, while most participants had produced large collections of photographs, there had been limited engagement with these and taking or having photographs could be more important than looking at them. The thesis concludes that there is value in redefining memory as a kind of activity that emerges through the performance of remembering and that is dependent on the tools used to support it and the situations in which it is performed. From this perspective, photography and autobiographical remembering are parts of the same wider activity, an inseparable blend of internal and external processes. As such, attempts to support our memories should consider both the features of technology and the experience of using it, as well as the ways that we work with tools and people when remembering.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.hasversionFawns, T. (2014). Photography and the disruption of memory and meaning. Ubiquity, 3(1–2), 3–14.en
dc.relation.hasversionFawns, T. (2014). Lessons from personal photography: The digital disruption of selectivity and reflection. TechTrends, 59(1), 50-55.en
dc.relation.hasversionFawns, T. (2013). Blended memory: The changing balance of technologically-mediated semantic and episodic memory. In T. Fawns (Ed.), Memory and meaning: Digital differences (pp. 75-98). Oxford: Inter- Disciplinary Press.en
dc.relation.hasversionFawns, T. (2013). Introduction: Finding digital memory. In T. Fawns (Ed.), Memory and meaning: Digital differences (pp. i-vii). Oxford: Inter- Disciplinary Press.en
dc.relation.hasversionFawns, T., Macleod, H., and Quayle, E. (2012). Social and technological influences on engagement with personal memory objects: a media roles perspective. Remembering Digitally. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. Available at http://www.interdisciplinarypress.net/onlinestore/ ebooks/digital-humanities/remembering-digitallyen
dc.relation.hasversionFawns, T. (2012). Blended memory: The changing balance of technologically-mediated semantic and episodic memory. Navigating landscapes of mediated memory. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. Available at: http://www.interdisciplinarypress.net/online-store/ebooks/digitalhumanities/ navigating-landscapes-of-mediated-memoryen
dc.subjectphotographyen
dc.subjectmemory,en
dc.subjectperformance of rememberingen
dc.subjectredefining memoryen
dc.subjectautobiographical rememberingen
dc.titleBlended memory: distributed remembering and forgetting through digital photographyen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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