MK Data Collection

I have been using photography as a means for data collection. Photography provides an opportunity for collaboration to gather material between participants and myself.  Milton Keynes was an opportunity for collecting  imagery and exploring biases based on an earlier workshop. While field notes are often regarded as private documents, which are rarely shared with others (Hammersley & Atkinson, 1995), visual data like photography can be produced to share with participants providing opportunities for feedback and discussion. The photographs I produced in MK were for observational analysis to examine the capturing the social spaces where skateboarders meet up and hang together. To limit my lens I concentrated on the shapes each skateboarders body made during the time they skated different locations. The photographs were produced for permanency to look back on and analyse. While Hammersley & Atkinson point out that some researchers find taking photographs a disruptive method of data collection most skateboarders are used to a camera being part of their everyday lives, making the primary data collection method for visually exploring knowledge and insights.