Scholarly Establishments

The first group task was to research about Scholarly Establishments to lead to a final outcome. We were discussing what a scholarly establishment is and how it would be presented in photography project. Initially we went with university, applying it with the stereotypical view on English universities, showing the contrast between traditional universities and polytechnics. However, that idea was the one that first came to mind, and it was the easy option. We then discussed how we could show something that people would be more interested in, and something that would apply to our own ambitions. I suggested that we document the journey from someone leaving university to getting a job. The job would be seen as a scholarly establishment and also the university that they once attended. This idea showed a narrative, a journey of the ambitious student. It would show an interesting journey that would hopefully inspire students and give them reference to motivate them.


schol•ar•ly (ˈskɒl ər li)

1. of, like, or befitting a scholar.
2. having the qualities of a scholar.
3. concerned with academics.
4. like a scholar.

es·tab·lish·ment (-stblsh-mnt)
a. The act of establishing.
b. The condition or fact of being established.
2. Something established, as:
a. An arranged order or system, especially a legal code.
b. A permanent civil, political, or military organization.
c. An established church.
d. A place of residence or business with its possessions and staff.
e. A public or private institution, such as a hospital or school.
3. often Establishment An established social order, as:
a. A group of people holding most of the power and influence in a government or society. Often used with the.
b. A controlling group in a given field of activity. Often used with the.

In this project, I’d take the definition of scholarly to be ‘concerned with academics’, because people like lawyers, solicitors, accountants, writers and researchers are academic, and their jobs well trained. These people are now established in their professions. In the project, they are labelled as Scholarly Establishments for their skills and experiences. Hopefully in this project I’ll be able to drive myself and the group to get to know these people, make images of them in their surrounding and try and get access to their archived images of their past.

I’ve taken inspiration from the way Anthony Luvera indulges himself in the process of image making. By getting to know the subject before going straight to image making. Luvera involves himself with the subjects, creating a community of people that would be involved in his project. In his project, ‘Not Going Shopping’, he arranged meet ups between himself and others to get to know them and teach them photography. By having people involved in a project it gives you as the photographer more confidence to show peoples story because they are comfortable with you, and they have expressed their interest in your project. I’ve found that by rushing into image making the images and the story lack the warmth of a well considered image that was planned. Photographer Theron Humphrey and his ‘wild idea’ of meeting new people everyday and photographing them and their interests has also inspired me for this project. Humphrey’s project finds everyday people and documents their stories that will become part of their family achievements. I want our project to mean a lot for the people in them, for them to realise the extent of the journey and see the photos as important archives to show to their children as inspiration.


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