A collaboration with the home ed community 04.03.20
My MA research project is a multi-module, long term project.
Yesterday I had the idea that it would make a really good addition to my long term MA project, and not to mention a really good exercise in following alternative avenues of photography in my project, and experimenting with how I choose to ‘capture’ and supply and display images, to contrast my day to day photographs of our families education with photographs of what other home educating families are doing . So I sent a message out on facebook asking for volunteers to take part in a one hour photographic project. The idea was for as many home educating families as possible on Thursday 5th of March at 1pm to take a photograph of whatever education they were doing at that moment in time. It didn’t matter where they were, or what they were doing, the images didn’t have to include their children, and they only needed to be phone snaps, nothing special, in the technical sense. I’ve had quite a lot of replies from lovely individuals in the local home education network , some of these families took part in my photography shoots last module, but many of them didn’t and are new to joining in with my project. This is a beautiful thing, to feel that my project is bringing together all these families, in the common cause of educating people on what it is like to choose the path of alternative education, and what that education looks like in the real world, not through the bias of the media. I appreciate that this is itself a bias, as we choose to take part, choose what moments to photograph, choose how to present those images, I then choose which ones to include, there is bias all through the exercise, but it is an important step to showing alternative education from an internal point of view, and where it may be not be unbiased, it is still truthful , and important.