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dc.contributorSchool of Designen_US
dc.creatorMiller, Martin Dean-
dc.publisherHong Kong Polytechnic Universityen_US
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_US
dc.titleFinding the found critically locating contextually-reflective photographsen_US
dcterms.abstractThis research explores a renewed ontological positioning for found photos. To date, little research exists into the conditions which support how found photos exist or could exist under increasingly subjective and algorithmically predictive experiences with media. Revealing how they came to be through how they are experienced, found photographs operate as both a trace of the represented past and as evidence of strongly relational technological use during image-making. Therefore, they will be positioned as contextually-reflective artifacts inclusive of bodily and local cultural influences beyond mere representational content. Analysis aims to determine if found photos can induce reflection on the conditions which impact how they are experienced when accidentally found. Such potential implicates photo-taking and viewing as mediated through familiar use of imaging technology in daily life.en_US
dcterms.abstractThe research unfolds by exploring a more-than-representational ground for the found photo experience. Interviews with photographers, collectors, and those finding photos accidentally reinforce an implicit trust or doubt of conditions mediating attention. Systemically addressing an original instance, the found photo experience is further articulated through inducing, then observing such encounters. First, a comparison of locations in Hong Kong negotiates the found photo experience as accidental. These observations then guide a series of workshops wherein local photographers encounter found photographs as accidental re-presentations which trigger meaning-making through familiar gestural and local cultural contexts. Visual Communication Designers further foreground such ability to notice the impact of Design’s own workings. Critically, these tasks show that the found photograph may implicate a processual-reflective ontological stance between objectified content and subjective use-value. Lastly, a reflexive found photo experience emerges through the combination of these steps taken.en_US
dcterms.extentix, 449 pages : color illustrationsen_US
dcterms.isPartOfPolyU Electronic Thesesen_US
dcterms.educationalLevelAll Doctorateen_US
dcterms.LCSHPhotographs -- Social aspectsen_US
dcterms.LCSHVisual sociologyen_US
dcterms.LCSHVisual communicationen_US
dcterms.LCSHHong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertationsen_US
dcterms.accessRightsopen accessen_US

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