Tovey and Turner_2019_Stillbirth Memento Photography_repository.pdf (531.93 kB)
Download file

Stillbirth memento photography

Download (531.93 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 11.11.2019, 12:00 authored by Robert ToveyRobert Tovey, Sarah Turner
Research into stillbirth memento photography shows the practice to be welcomed by the bereaved. The visual attributes and content of stillbirth memento photographs are yet to be rigorously analysed however, representing a significant gap in current understanding. This study seeks to address this. 51 professionally produced stillbirth memento photographs have been sampled, anonymised and analysed. Using a content analysis methodology, imagery was characterised by aesthetic and semantic properties. The results were then cross-referenced against existing stillbirth scholarship, data from an interview study with people who had experienced pregnancy loss, and against image theories. The content analysis identified four distinctive image tropes in the sample: images of mother, father and baby, with the baby being held and the parents touching; macro photography of the baby; portrait photographs of babies lying alone with little or no physical trauma evident; and images of a parent, usually the mother, cradling the baby. The analysis also identified specific attributes, present across the sample, that appeared significant and distinctive of stillbirth memento photography. These were: (1) stylistic attributes, (2) acknowledgement and validation, (3) identity construction, (4) ambiguity and (5) embodiment.

Funding

The Death before Birth Project Research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) [Project reference number: ES/N008359/1].

History

School

  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • Arts

Published in

Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine

Volume

43

Issue

1

Pages

2-16

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine on 11 December 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17453054.2019.1691439.

Acceptance date

08/11/2019

Publication date

2019-12-11

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1745-3054

eISSN

1745-3062

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Robert Tovey. Deposit date: 11 November 2019

Usage metrics

Categories

No categories selected

Exports