Participatory visual methods: glimpses from the field

This short video shows snapshots from two visual methods used in the TAPESTRY project.

The first is the ‘Photovoice’ process used with groups of women in the Sundarbans. Photovoice provides a space for people to take photographs and create narratives about their everyday life. The process is helped by a facilitator, and involves group discussions to plan, as well as to reflect on the images and stories that are created.

For the TAPESTRY project, this method is important because it explores the perceptions of people who face uncertainties, in contrast to the viewpoints of experts or official agencies. The things and changes that people observe around them can often be missed by outsiders.

The film also includes glimpses from an art project with young people in schools, which explores responses to uncertainty and anxieties, including around climate change and environmental disasters. In the process of creating the art, the young people are encouraged to reflect on their feelings and responses to the uncertainties they face.

This film was edited by Shibaji Bose, a TAPESTRY project member with experience in visual research methods, who has also been guiding the Photovoice process in our various research sites.

More information

Read more about our research in the Sundarbans.

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