After planning the interview through the use of storyboarding and pre planning the questions I intended to ask the interviewee, I set out to record the interview yesterday. I planned to ask the following questions:
HOW DO YOU USE PHOTOGRAPHY IN YOUR LIFE IN TERMS OF STUDY AND YOUR SOCIAL LIFE?
DO YOU TAKE PHOTOS WITH YOUR FRIENDS?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE PHOTOS?
HAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH PHOTOGRAPHY CHANGED SINCE MOVING TO UNIVERSITY?
HOW DOES YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH PHOTOGRAPHY COMPARE TO THOSE AROUND YOU?
WHAT METHODS OF PHOTOGRAPHY DO YOU USE?
WHAT IS IT THAT APPEALS TO YOU ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY?
The interview was a success and I managed to collect about 9 minutes of footage. I will have to reduce this down to be around about 3 minutes.
The transcript for the interview is as follows:
Right so just say who you are.
Ok. My name’s Erin and I’m first year studying history and I live in the student accommodation at the University of Dundee.
Ok, so Um I’ve got to ask you all these questions based about this one research question which is “How important is photography in the life of a first year uni student?” Um and like I’m just really interested to find out like how you use photography like in your life and stuff like that like for study and for your social life as well?
Right well I would say in study we have a lot of group chats for each of my modules um I do three different modules em each semester so if someones missed anything we’ll use photography during lectures or in workshops to you know, share the work and share our answers and things like that.
That’s cool. And then, like, do you like take photos on a regular basis with your friends and stuff like that?
I would say so, yeah, mostly when we’re going out and getting ready to go on a big night out and things or you know em we’ll always have our phones at hand to take pictures of any funny moments.
Erm and like do you put these photos on social media or?
Maybe not broadcast to all of our friends but em things like on snapchat, we’ll have a good laugh on there, taking the mick out of each other.
Do you take photos often? Like how often do you take photos?
Em I would say I take photos maybe every day to two days em, depends what the social event is really, but I always I’ve wanted to have my phone more to hand to make memories now em just to remember how em what things were like.
Yeah so do you think that like your relationship with photography has changed like since you’ve moved here?
Definitely, I used to take a lot more em you know photos of things I liked and maybe still lives and landscapes and stuff like when I’d go out by myself in the summer and friends in the summer. But definitely, its become more socially focused like remembering who you spent your uni days with its like its gonna be really important.
Uh huh em and like so are all your friends quite into taking photos all the time and like how does your relationship compare with the people that are around you?
I think we’re all really creative people which makes it a lot easier, I’m really creative as well. I think we’re all in the same kind of position that we want to take photos to look back at and remember ‘aw remember that day when such and such happened’ em and I think that em it has become more important because you know if you see people around you like doing things, you want to do it for yourself.
Um do you use different types of photography or like is it just your phone that you use?
I really like em the look of disposable cameras like the effect that they bring out when you get your photos printed. I think it reminds me of em when I was younger and I used to get shown a lot of family photos and I think being arty and creative em and also studying history like they make me more they make me think that they’re like vintage and I just like the way they look. I like having a physical copy but it is a lot easier to use your phone, I’d say I use my phone more if I’m willing to em splash out a little bit on getting photos printed then I’ll do that and I’ll get my camera developed.
And do you feel like when you’ve got your disposable camera, because obviously you’ve only got so many exposures, do you like think more about what you’re taking the photos of?
Yeah, you want a good result to come out but at the same time you want to capture those you know, kinda spur of the moment em images like your friends laughing but you don’t really know
how its gonna come out?
like how its gonna come out, they don’t know that you’re there. I love like candid photos. I know it sounds strange but you know taking pictures of people that are natural like posing’s nice but its good to get the natural way as well.
Is there like a particular kind of photo that you’ve taken that like makes you happy or, whats your favourite photo that you’ve taken?
I love taking pictures of my friends as I said before, em, it makes me really happy but id say the photos that make me the happiest are the ones of the sunsets in Dundee, em, since I’ve moved here I’ve realised like it’s a really beautiful place and we’re really lucky to such a lovely skyline, em I think the colours are really em appealing to me, pinks, purples, blues, reds, they’re just really beautiful and it reminds me that at the end of the day like em like there will always be tomorrow to make yourself better like if you’re having a bit of a down day and the weather’s always really nice here, it’s not like where I’m from where it rains more.
Em, so like you say that you use like, photography’s a big part of your life but like what does it mean to you like what is it that appeals to you about this photography, these forms of photography that you use?
Just like having the memories like there and on your phone and readily available like “Aw, have you seen this photo? Oh no? I’ll show you.” Em and it’s having the memories to share, you can share it round your friends and family who may not be close to you, who may not be able to see it em in person. It’s like, its a way of showing like your memories to people near to you and far, this is the life I’m living right now, its really good, I’m having a great time. Especially being at university, a lot of people worry you’re not having a good time or they worry that you’re having too much fun.
Em and it just means that i can have these things to look back on and think yeah my life was really good back then, I had a lot of fun, great friends. Em and again it just means that em you’re doing something thats gonna like make you happy and em remind you of the good times, and yeah.