In my quest for artistic growth and my search for topical meaning, I figured I rekindle my connection with academic literature. I’ve made great use of scientific writing during my studies1 but after graduation I never read another article again.
A shame, really, as I could still use a source like that to deepen my understanding of the things I now care about. Not everything you read has to come from another person’s blog, you know. Or, even worse, social media. I hope that more thoroughly researched articles provide me with some more background information, perspective and understanding of where I can fit in.
Obviously I’m thinking within the scope of photography again here2 and especially documentary photography is my current focus of research. Looking back on yesterday’s Monologue, it seemed a logical place to start.
As I lost access to most online sources of academic writing3 I had to resort to what is freely available on Google Scholar. To my surprise the offering wasn’t minimal!
I decided to see what I could gather in a quick search and then just start reading. I’m sure that will lead to new questions and insights. After that I can just, you know, go from there.