Idea Map: My Life

I decided to create a mind-map purely focusing on the theme of my life.
By doing this, I hope it will help me to gain some sort of structure on how I will be able to shape my project in both my digital format and my final product.




When creating this mind-map, I discovered that in my family archive, I know I have a mixture of both formal photographs (eg: School Portraits and Holiday Snapshots). In my tutorial with Ellen Nolan, we discussed about having the same, if not similar format of photographs throughout the project. I think once I have dug into the boxes full of photographs I will have to experiment with how I can incorporate the formal portraits with my holiday snapshots.

Idea Map

After creating my Inspirations List, I then went on to creating this mind map of ideas that I have come up with.


My first idea I was keen on was The Body came from my previous unit Vision and Knowledge. For V&K I looked into my family member’s death of cancer and in our introduction to Narrative we saw a collection of images by Nobuyoshi Araki and he documented his honeymoon with his wife (A Sentimental Journey) and he also documented the death of his wife ( A Winter Journey ). In A Winter Journey, Araki destroyed part of the negative before making a print. I thought it would be a good idea to try and stick to the theme of death and the body but taking images of the body and going through a similar process as what he did.

My second idea I was just as keen on was using Myself as part of this project. With the help of my Digital Tutor, he was explaining about how if we look through old photographs of ourselves posted on social networking sites such as Facebook, we begin to realise how much we changed and how it jogs our memory. Having the typical “lightbulb moment” I thought about said photographs of me that are online and my time when I was in the Air Training Corps (ATC). Being an Air Cadet was a fantastic part of my life, I did so much and gained so much knowledge, and one of the highlights was training and taking part in the RAF WARMA Marches. With this, I could create a digital journey showing my audience what torture I went through when doing my training through photographs into a slideshow movie, and have my voice over the top narrating the events. I also have a Military Marching song book sitting on my shelf at home, so another idea was to get a group of men singing a marching song to play over the top, and as a final product, create a book similar to the one I have at home but incorporating images in with the text.


Narrative Mind Map.

20140117_165343To begin my Research and Development Book (RDB) off, I decided to create a mind-map of what Narrative means to me.
I also did a quick search on the internet by typing narrative into the search bar to see what results I could find.
I also put text onto the page that I picked up through my lectures from last week to help me gain a better knowledge of what narrative could be.

The key element that sticks out for me on this mind is the Oxford Dictionary definition – A spoken or written account of connected events ; a story. 
I strongly believe that narrative is exactly that and for my brief, I have to use my photographic skills to create and tell a story through images.


  • Write down or create a mind map of things that I find inspiring.
  • Try and come up with an idea for this project
  • Begin researching into photographers listed from lecturers.