Photo voice is by now a conventional and common method in qualitative methodologies that draw on visual and creative components (Allan & Tinkler 2015). In this project I used photo voice to generate data about how participants’ everyday life looked. I am interested in the very mundane and ordinary aspects of their lives, in contrast to what might be the more extraordinary events that were brought to the fore in the life chart.
I asked participants to take one photo each day over the course of 5 days and bring these to the interview. Specific directions for the photos were ‘to take a photo of a thing or situation that tells me something about your everyday life each day for 5 days’. Participants then showed me these photos when we met and told about how a photo related to and represented particular aspects of her daily life.
Photo voice carries particular sets of ethical challenges. One challenge concerns photos of people who have not consented to being photographed, another that the photos can unintendedly reveal information that would make participants identifiable. For this reason, I asked participants to avoid taking photos of other people.
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