Starting research – Reflection

This seminar saw us look at the different research we should undertake for our individual projects.

As I am focusing on ocean cleanup operations and the current plastic epidemic that is destroying our seas this saw me contact ocean conservation charities and organizations.

The first few I found were Surfers Against Sewage and The Marine Conservation Society UK. I am currently in the process of organising beach cleans to attend and photograph. In the meantime, I will be researching multiple avenues of photography and contacts for interviews including:

  • Primary sources and their contact details, backgrounds and develop interview questions.
  • Gathering secondary sources.
  • Find other examples of similar pieces of photography and news.
  • Researching photographers.
  • Researching technical camera skills and develop those already talked about.
  • Create to-do lists, outline goals.

The majority of this seminar focused on the first bullet point and I will continue with all of them over the coming weeks. Cumulating in an in-depth analysis of different types of photography I will use.

I received the contact details and dates of beach cleanups that I will be able to attend and photograph and will continue to develop a professional relationship over the coming weeks with the people who are likely to be good sources for my stories.


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