Things to consider when I wrote my dissertation abstract:

  • Why did you decide to do this study or project?
    This field of research would give me a better understanding of how landscape photographers can promote new ways of thinking by adopting different stances of provocative imagery to influence people.
  • How did you conduct your research?
    By dissecting the complex visual culture through various references.
  • What did you find?
    Activism photography has changed the way we see images today and it has been employed in so many different aspects of our life, across a whole range of cultural and social uses that provocative imagery has become part of the norm in catching our attention and responses.
  • Why are this research and your findings important?
    This paper attempts to unravel aspects of ‘provocativeness’ in photography and assert its relevance to the landscapes.
  • What problem is your research trying to better understand or solve?
    However, the role of provocativeness in photography and its theoretical concepts have been a rarely discussed subject and cannot be ignored.
  • What is the scope of your study – a general problem, or something specific?
    The first part of this paper establishes the definition of provocative in the context of the landscape and further examines its philosophical concepts in relation to the Art of persuasion from cultural history, socio-political and personal perspectives.
  • What is your main claim or argument?
    The aim of this paper is not to present a study of how such images are made. Instead, the objective is to investigate the role of the provocative landscape by analysing the various strategies how such images are created to influence and persuade people today.
  • Discuss your own research including the variables and your approach.
    To examine the technological and ethical aspects of approaches contemporary landscape photographers have taken today.
  • Describe the evidence you have to support your claim

    The kinds of evidence I have taken ranges from books to journals, to articles and websites. the top few criteria I look for in my evidence are:

    1. Channels: To recognise the different platforms or channels the information may come. Identify if the source is scholarly/ academic, a popular magazine/blog or trade/ professional, and how are they useful to my essay. To consider what perspective and biasedness of the source.
    2. Relevancy: In what way the reference is relevant to my essay. Some sources may be outdated but contents of a particular article may still be a relevant subject or topic to my context.
    3. Credibility: Contain bibliographies or reference lists and other external sources cited, or that author and review board credentials and affiliations are given.
    4. Evidence: Clues and indication of where the original reference gets their information from, and whether it is comparable with another source.
    5. Recognition: Accolades and background history of the author or the quality of the source;  if the source is widely read by many people or if it is targeted at a specific group of audience.
  • Give an overview of your most important sources.
    Link here.


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