Resilience and wellbeing through photography: how might images influence community capacity building?

Smith, Anne Suse (2019) Resilience and wellbeing through photography: how might images influence community capacity building? [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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This research responds to the increasing number of significant challenges faced by regional communities, as evidenced by the ongoing crippling drought in Central Western Queensland. Natural disasters pose both unpredictable and severe threats to the wellbeing and resilience of individuals and communities (Bhamra, Dani & Burnard, 2011). The use of expressive processes to respond to crises is one way to increase resilience. The question 'To what extent does participation in an image-producing project foster resilience?' became my key point of departure to explore how photographic images might promote resilience and capacity building for communities faced with environmental crises.

This research investigates whether encouraging people to express their experiences through photography could increase resilience during the ongoing drought crisis in the communities of the Barcaldine region in Central Western Queensland. It investigates the connection between images, resilie'ce and wellbeing. The findings particularly relate to the “third wave' of resilience inquiry, which focuses on the use of creative expression (Richardson, 2002). The use of Grounded Theory and reflective practice to gather, code and analyse my findings allowed me to slowly accumulate data over time, and permit the findings to 'bubble up' from the image-making site in Barcaldine. I curated these images (reification) to produce a significant exhibition at The Globe gallery in Barcaldine, entitled Our Strength During The Drought (2018).

From this process, I developed four key assertions: 1) Wellbeing is relational and vital to resilience; 2) Photography can effectively express experiences of drought to promote wellbeing; 3) Reification is a practice for resilience; and 4) The project is a model of emergent community capacity building. I then went on to propose a Resilience Through Images Model, which outlines six interlinking steps to follow in order to use image making to respond to environmental disasters. This model can be implemented in the event of extreme weather or crisis events to help communities build resilience, wellbeing and capacity.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Supervisors: McDonald, Janet; Cavaye, Jim
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 05:14
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 02:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: images, resilience, capacity, wellbeing, disasters, climate change
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190503 Lens-based Practice
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360604 Photography, video and lens-based practice
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410102 Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.26192/3h64-dz85
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39482

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