I'm in the process of planning for the first fieldwork session with my first participant. I wanted to share some of the ideas I'm exploring when it comes to actually supporting the participants in documenting their lives.
On past projects, I've used things like disposable cameras to change the perspective of gathering and documenting from myself to the participants. With this project, I wanted to add to that with a whole bunch of other tools and ideas. It would be all too easy for me to stick with what I know best, photography and sound, but, I want to go way beyond that.
At the moment, the plan is to invite each participant to take me on a walk around the significant places in their life. As we wander, I will capture our conversations and the stories about the places we visit. This will be my first considerable contact, and I hope will give both the participant and myself and chance to talk about where our collaborative research might lead us, and how we might do it.
Here are some of the things we are going to experiment with.