Photographing Everyday Life is an exhibition that highlights some of the photographs taken by research participants in mid-to-later life. Participants created a weekly visual diary exploring the rhythms, patterns and meanings that underlie our habitual and routinized daily lives. The exhibition presents the photographs in a creative and novel format. The photographic exhibition draws on a research database of visual diaries from the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) funded project: Photographing Everyday Life: Ageing, Lived Experiences, Time and Space. It represents ordinary and everyday images of daily life that question and challenge the predominant stereotypical and alternative positive and negative images of ageing.
The aim of the project Photographing Everyday Life: Ageing, Lived Experiences, Time and Space was to explore the significance of the ordinary and day‑to‑day and focus on the everyday meanings, lived experiences, practical activities and social contexts in which people in mid‑to‑later life live their daily lives.
The research involved a diverse sample of 62 women and men aged 50 years and over living in the UK who took photographs of their different daily routines to create a weekly visual diary. This diary was then explored through in-depth photo-elicitation interviews.