This blog documents my practice-led PhD research at the Northern Centre of Photography, University of Sunderland, in partnership with Kielder Observatory, a public-outreach astronomical organisation in Northumberland (UK), in the world’s third-largest dark sky reserve. Funded by the government’s National Productivity Investment Fund (AHRC), my research is designed to “[…] engage with the commercial or economic aspects of cultural creativity” (NBDTP & N-SC,2017, p. 4), whilst fulfilling the usual requirements of an arts-based PhD.
Though methods of fine-art photography and underpinned by Donna Haraway’s theory of Situated Knowledges, my work is exploring the cultural connectedness of astronomy and photography through the experience of astronomical observation, to collaboratively locate new ways of representing astronomy through photographic practice, whilst enhancing the cultural offer at Kielder Observatory.
NBDTP & N-SC. (2017) Joint Competition for AHRC Studentships through the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) scheme.Available at: https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/more/research/institutes/institute-arts-creative-industries/centre-research-art-design/npif-phd-studentships/(Accessed: 1 June 2017).