Archive for Anne Burns on Medium

What can the selfie do?: The “Self – Image – Public” Seminar

What can the selfie do?: The “Self – Image – Public” Seminar

The “Self – Image – Public” seminar was held in Oslo on the 1st and 2nd of October, and featured two members of the Visual Social Media Lab – myself, and the seminar’s organiser, Lin Prøitz. The theme of the seminar was photographs of the…

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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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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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Ethnography update: Walking with my camera

Ethnography update: Walking with my camera

As I walked down off the ridge, on open moorland just outside Sheffield, I passed a man leaning on a stick. We said hello, and remarked on the unseasonably sunny weather that day, and the beauty of the landscape. After a few minutes chatting, I…

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