If you see what I mean? Visual narratives-stories told through, with and by visual images

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Visual field texts, visual methods, and representation of research using visual genres have had a long history and at times a close relationship with narrative research. Visual methods can contribute particular depth to what we can understand from a story and a teller: Visual diaries to tell personal stories; found images and participatory/researcher constructed images act as representations of narratives; photo elicitation can be used to stimulate stories; documentaries capture personal and cultural stories; and, storytelling may be captured visually as a representation and non-representation. Drawing on the work of scholars in visual traditions, including visual narrative and my own visual work, I will illustrate (in visual and textual modes) how the visual may be harnessed in three research spaces: during field text creation, as interim research texts or analysis, and as research texts for dissemination (Clandinin and Connelly 2000). I conclude with some of the issues and challenges for those wanting to employ visual narrative.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNarrative Research in Practice
Subtitle of host publicationStories from the Field
EditorsRachael Dwyer, Ian Davis, elke emerald
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9789811015793
ISBN (Print)9789811015779
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Image
  • Visual methodology
  • Visual narrative
  • Visuality

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