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“They like to see what they can’t see”: Image sharing on Facebook as a social practice

“They like to see what they can’t see”: Image sharing on Facebook as a social practice

This blog post is the third of three that details the main findings from Imaging Sheffield — an ethnographic study that formed part of the Picturing the Social project at the Visual Social Media Lab. The aim of the Imaging Sheffield study was to find out some…

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“Here I am… this is my experience”: Instagram and the depiction of campus life

“Here I am… this is my experience”: Instagram and the depiction of campus life

This blog post is the second of three that details the main findings from Imaging Sheffield — an ethnographic study that formed part of the Picturing the Social project at the Visual Social Media Lab. The aim of the Imaging Sheffield study was to find out some…

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Cows on Twitter: Location Specific Narratives Enacted Through Visual Social Media

Cows on Twitter: Location Specific Narratives Enacted Through Visual Social Media

This blog post is the first of three that details the main findings from Imaging Sheffield — an ethnographic study that formed part of the Picturing the Social project at the Visual Social Media Lab. The aim of the Imaging Sheffield study was to find out some…

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‘Why We Post’ Workshop at UCL

‘Why We Post’ Workshop at UCL

‘Why We Post’ is a research project at UCL that brings together a number of international researchers in order to study the interrelationship between social media and daily life. This research has also provided a foundation for an online learning course of the same name,…

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Information for potential interviewees – Pictures of Sheffield Old and New

Information for potential interviewees – Pictures of Sheffield Old and New

Thanks for your interest in this University of Sheffield project, which is part of the Visual Social Media Lab’s Imaging Sheffield study. Further details about the lab can be found on our website, at: visualsocialmedialab.org/ This blog post is intended to give you an overview…

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City Walks and the Formation of Place

City Walks and the Formation of Place

When it comes to walking around a city, there is plenty of advice to be found. Although I’d expect there to be guides for walkers in the countryside, it came as a surprise to see the different types of guide for having a casual stroll…

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Making Places: Multiple Ways of Defining a City

Making Places: Multiple Ways of Defining a City

In my last few blog posts, I have described the ways in which I have begun to look at the connection between photography and a sense of place. Specifically, I wanted to explore how certain kinds of narrative about a particular location could be presented…

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Production, Provenance, Identity: ‘Made in Sheffield’ as a Cultural Trope

Production, Provenance, Identity: ‘Made in Sheffield’ as a Cultural Trope

My last blog post looked at the various building names, businesses and artworks that have been inspired by Sheffield’s industrial heritage. In this post, I want to consider one specific aspect of this referencing of history, namely the use of the term ‘Made in Sheffield’….

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Remade in Sheffield: The Legacy of an Industrial Past in the City’s Names and Images

Remade in Sheffield: The Legacy of an Industrial Past in the City’s Names and Images

For my third participant observation exercise, I decided to photograph the places I could think of in Sheffield that referenced the city’s industrial past. The reason for this was that one of my case studies – the dairy Our Cow Molly – frequently references the…

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Looking Up: Engaging with history and the built environment

Looking Up: Engaging with history and the built environment

I’m going to see it as a positive sign that the sun always seems to shine when it’s time for me to go out and do some participant observation… Last week I went out with my camera into the countryside, to explore some of the…

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