Helen McGhie

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Part of a practice-led PhD: Stargazing at the ‘Invisible’: Photography and the Power of Obscured Light – A Research Partnership with Kielder Observatory, University of Sunderland (2017 - 2023)

Though methods of fine-art photography and with reference to ‘feminist science’ theory, my work is exploring the cultural connectedness of astronomy and photography though the experience of darkness at Kielder Observatory. I am interested in re-examining the visual clichés in cultural images of outer space (i.e. vivid colours, NASA images) through photography that does not merely illustrate, but rather engages with the “[…] technological, biological, cultural, social and political flows of data that produce photographic objects”, as described by Zylinska (2016, p. 11) – this involves testing an alternative (feminist) experience of cosmic darkness through photography. Research blog: https://invisiblestargazing.blog/

Reference:
Kuc, K. (ed.) and Zylinska, J. (ed.) (2016) Photomediations: A Reader. Open Humanities Press.

Supervisors: Dr Carol McKay, Prof. Arabella Plouveiz (Northern Centre of Photography), Trustees and Staff (Kielder Observatory)

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