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Rosy Martin – Phototherapy

A continuation of suggested research into Rosy Martin, with emphasis on phototherapy.

I found two useful online sources –

http://www.rosymartin.info/inhabiting_image.html – accessed 2.3.15, where Rosy describes her phototherapy work and from which the quote below comes.

http://www.representing-ageing.com/photo_therapy_film.php – accessed 2.3.15, a phototherapy film – ‘the look at me!’ project where Rosy Martin works with a group of older women attempting to come to terms with ageing. An intimate project, where the participants generously share personal thoughts and concerns through reflection on photographs.

“Photography, this ubiquitous medium that most people use and that has
the potential to be democratic, too often ends up as a repetition of
conventional iconic images. However, photographs offer up the possibilities
of a slippery surface of meanings and potential narratives for the
viewer, which are the rich veins that phototherapy explores. Therapeutic
work with found images and alternative visual diaries is discussed. The
traditional family album as a repository of partially explored memories
is contrasted with its role in constructing a mythology of an ideal. The
evolution of re-enactment phototherapy, the creation of new photographic
representations through performative re-enactments within the therapeutic
relationship, is described. Since the gaze is fundamental to a photographic
exchange, theories of the gaze and identity formation are briefly mapped.
The therapeutic gaze, the performativity within the re-enactment phototherapy
session and the importance of embodiment and transformation
are discussed, and the notion of the process as a form of creative adult play.
A case study is included to illustrate the methodology. Why and how these
new photographs can be used within the therapeutic process is explored.”

(Martin, Rosy. Inhabiting the image: photography, therapy and re-enactmentphototherapy.
European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling. Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2009, 35–49)

To me, this is about the power of the photography to allow people to stop and think and reflect upon what they see and feel about an image, with the help of professional counsellors to unravel complexities and unacknowledged thoughts. I broadens my understanding of the possible reasons for taking photographs and the uses of photographs.

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