Pictures that ask the right questions

Gislason, Kari (2016) Pictures that ask the right questions. Writing Queensland, January(25).

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An article about the use of photographs as research in the writing of memoir.

"I expect many people begin the writing of a memoir by looking through old photos. Pictures, after all, belong in the past, and they hold out the promise of delivering it to us again: everyone is younger, surrounded by yesterday’s world, a moment fixed in time. Even the size of the photo paper and printing tone belong back there, in a printer’s shop that doesn’t exist anymore. And yet, for the purpose of writing a memoir, the most useful pictures also reach beyond the past, and beyond their initial role in verifying your memories, or filling out the details. That is, they are more than an account. Such pictures seem to be asking questions about what happened next, in the moments and years after they were taken..."

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ID Code: 93911
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Memoir, Photographs as research, Family history, Creative writing
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Queensland Writer's Centre
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2016 04:54
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:11

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