Photovoice Project Examples (2001-2018)

To encourage interest in adapting Photovoice to your interests and needs, we briefly describe a sampling of projects that Laura has facilitated/co-facilitated since 2001.  Do you want to share information about your Photovoice project?  Email us at info@photovoiceworldwide.com or visit our Contacts page (here).

 

 'Talking with Pictures': Community Integration of Older Adults with Brain Injury, 2015

'Talking with Pictures' looked with fresh eyes at community integration of older adults with neurological conditions.
 

 

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'Leveling the Playing Field for Anxiety Disorders': A Photovoice Project, 2018

Leveling the playing field means helping patients and providers communicate across disciplinary boundaries, learn from each other, and collaborate to improve health and healthcare for anxiety disorders.
 

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'Brain Injury X-Posed': The Survivor's View, 2006-2008

Photovoice created an opportunity for participants to reflect on living with brain injury and their progress in dealing with a major life change, raise awareness about brain injury, and help policymakers understand ways to support healing.
 

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 'Pictures that Speak': Involving Youth in Community Health, 2001

For this project, 16 youth aged 16-32 years, prepared an exhibit of 50 photos and captions showing their perspectives on problems and resources in Mdantsane Township, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
 

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 A Community Activism Project, 2001


An after-school activity of Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, in Lowell, Massachusetts in the Northeast United States.
 

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Using Visual and Narrative Methods to Achieve Fair Process in Clinical Care, 2010

Journal of Visual Experiments: This video and paper illustrate an innovative visual approach (Photovoice or photo-elicitation) to achieve fair process in clinical care for patients living with chronic health conditions.

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'Talking with Pictures': Community Integration of Older Adults with Brain Injury, Lexington, Massachusetts, USA, 2015

'Talking with Pictures' looked with fresh eyes at community integration of older adults with brain injury and other neurological conditions in Lexington, MA. Participants met 12 times took photographs and wrote captions to investigate and share information on their lives, experiences, and community. The project exhibit fostered community dialog about integration of people with disabilities into community life, and informed town decision-making about sidewalk improvements. The project received a grant from the Dana Home Foundation. See a video on this project below:

Sponsor: Supportive Living Inc., Woburn MA
Funder:
 The Dana Home Foundation, Lexington, MA
 


Don't Roll Back...


Imagine walking up this sidewalk alone with a walker. I have to push and hold on, so I don’t roll back. Gravity keeps pulling me back. The cement is rough and bumpy. People are helpful when they are around, but I am not always so lucky.

– Julie M., ‘Talking with Pictures’: Community Integration of Older Adults with Brain Injury, 2015

 

  A  Community Tapestry...


Like leaves, we are all different yet, when viewed together we make a beautiful collage/tapestry.

 – Shaun G.,‘Talking with Pictures’: Community Integration of  Older Adults with Brain Injury, 2015

 


Exhibit posters, ‘Talking with Pictures’: Community Integration of Older Adults with Brain Injury, Carey Memorial Library, Lexington, MA, 2016
 

 


An exhibit poster listing the project’s participants, sponsors, and stakeholders, ‘Talking with Pictures’: Community Integration of Older Adults with Brain Injury, 2015
 


  Video:  Talking with Pictures,  Sept 2015

 
Supportive Living Inc. Lexington, MA (2015). Talking with Pictures. Get a glimpse of just how Photovoice impacted the lives of individuals and their understanding of their community. Participants met 12 times to discuss the research topics and photos, write captions, and prepare an exhibit. This film represents what the participants wanted to reflect on, document, and share in an exhibit to create awareness in their community. View this well done video by clicking here Talking with Pictures or the image above (Video: 9:54 Min)

 


    
 

'Leveling the Playing Field for Anxiety Disorders’: A Photovoice Project, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 2018

This project created awareness among Indianapolis stakeholders about the burden of anxiety in patients’ lives and the imperative of improving emergency department care for anxiety.

“We are trying to get anxiety seen as something serious, which it is. Anxiety is not just feeling anxious. It is something that can be debilitating. It needs to be taken more seriously in the Emergency Department. This project is our chance to talk about anxiety, so people can see where we are coming from.” – Marshall Conley, Peer Leader, Leveling the Playing Field for Anxiety Disorders

Sponsor: Indiana University School of Medicine
Funding: P2P (Pipeline to Proposal) Award from PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute), administered on behalf of PCORI by Trailhead Institute.
 


This is where I want to be...


I get pretty miserable in the heat. It affects my life and my anxiety, but it is hard to articulate that. I just wanted to be in that swimming pool. Like on a day like today, when I get home from work, all I want to do is get in the shower. Of course my girl, she wants to talk, but I am not in the mood for talking, I just want to relax and take it easy. All that talking makes me have anxiety. It wears on you, bad. So to me, that’s a simple picture of a swimming pool. Needless to say, that is where I want to be.

 -- Chet M., Leveling the Playing Field for Anxiety Disorders, 2018

  Some days the steps seem insurmountable...


For many It can be easy to dwell on the days that are particularly challenging without recognizing or appreciating the good days. This picture represents the majority of days that I have with anxiety in that there are many days where the steps in front of me look insurmountable. One of the rare benefits of anxiety that I have experienced is that the bad days with anxiety help me to really appreciative the days where I am stress free. On the good days I am at the top of these steps looking down at the beautiful view

 – Alex P., Leveling the Playing Field for Anxiety Disorders, 2018


Link to an open-access peer-review paper on this project:

Use of Photovoice to engage stakeholders in planning for patient-centered outcomes research
https://researchinvolvement.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40900-019-0166-y

 

 


  



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'Brain Injury X-Posed': The Survivor's View, Framingham, Massachusetts, USA, 2006-2008


Photovoice created an opportunity for members of a brain injury support group to reflect on living with brain injury and their progress in dealing with major life change, raise awareness about brain injury, and help policymakers understand ways to support healing. Participants created an exhibit of 50 photographs and captions organized under 9 themes: The Journey, Lost Dreams, Chaos, Challenges, Strategies, My Advocacy Story, Comfort and Support, Acceptance, and Hope for the Future. The group presented their exhibit at an annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, at local libraries and hospitals, and at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

Sponsor: The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA)
Funder:   BIA-MA and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)

 


Hospital Parking Lot...


Before brain injury, I was a busy doctor. Now I am a retired, handicapped doctor who goes to a rehabilitation hospital for weekly support groups and therapies.

– Dave G., “After brain injury”, Brain Injury X-Posed: The Survivor’s View, 2006-2008

  Trying to run on ice...


Imagine your automobile stuck in a snow bank. You hit the gas pedal and all the tire does is spin. Now imagine yourself trying to run on ice (without wearing a pair of skates). The faster you run, the more you get nowhere. These images parallel how each and every day of my life begins since I suffered my brain injury. I seem to spend a whole lot of time getting nothing accomplished.

 – David S,. "Trying to run on ice" Brain Injury X-Posed, The Survivors View, 2006-2008
 


 

Brain Injury X-Posed: The Survivor’s View (PhotoVoice II)

Members of the "Amazing" Brain Injury Survivor Support Group in Framingham, Massachusetts embarked on a 2nd Photovoice Project entitled (Brain Injury X-Posed: The Survivor’s View Photovoice II). The exhibit was prepared by the participants and facilitators over eight-weeks and took place from September through December 2009. The exhibit contains 48 photographs and narratives.


Want to do your own Photovoice project?

Here is a copy of the Photovoice Facilitator's Guide developed by Laura S. Lorenz and Barbara Webster to help get you started.
 


See a scientific poster on Brain Injury 2006 (Click Here) 375 Kilobytes

To see a sample exhibit poster 'Acceptance' 1 of 9 (Click Here) 64 Kilobytes


Video:

Lorenz, LS and Jon Chilingerian. (2011). Using visual and narrative methods to achieve fair process in clinical care. Journal of Visualized Experiments,48, e2342, doi:10.3791/2342. http://www.jove.com/video/2342/using-visual-narrative-methods-to-achieve-fair-process-clinical


Citations (sampling):

To read peer-review papers on the project click on any of the following hyper-links:

Lorenz, LS and Kolb, B. (2009). Involving the public through participatory visual research methods. Health Expectations, 12, pp 262-274. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1369-7625.2009.00560.x

Lorenz, LS. (2010). Discovering a new identity after brain injury, Sociology of Health and Illness, 32(6), pp 862-879. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20573063

Lorenz, LS. (2010). Visual metaphors of living with brain injury: Exploring and communicating lived experience with an invisible injury, Visual Studies, 25(3), pp 210-223. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1472586X.2010.523273

 




 
'Pictures that Speak': Involving Youth in Community Health”, Photovoice in Mdantsane Township, South Africa, 2001

Working with a youth-led organization in Mdantsane Township, Laura trained four youth members aged 16 to 32 to be co-leaders with her on a Photovoice project funded by the South African Department of Health and the Equity Project of USAID. Each leader worked with a team of peers to take photographs of community resources and problems from their point of view, choose some for exhibit, write captions, and prepare an exhibit of 50+ photos and captions organized under 6 themes: Health and Welfare, Education and Training, Community Vision, Economic Opportunity, Security, and Township Life. Exhibits at public libraries, the local hospital, and the regional capital captured policymaker attention and helped the young people to feel heard.

“These pictures are proof of our membership in our communities,” said Khanyiso Sangotsha, one of the Youth Academy leaders who participated in the project. “By looking at them you can see clearly today that Mdantsane needs change.”

Sponsor: Youth Academy, Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Funder: The Equity Project, Department of Health, South Africa and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
 

Township Life – Ubomi Belokishi
Good looking art on the wall near Taxi Route...



This is good looking art on the wall near a taxi route. If you are passing by you stop and look because it’s beautiful. As youth of Mdantsane we are showing people that we have talents. Art like this can attract tourists to come here to Mdantsane. It is good to know that we have people who care about our culture and our community.

  –Nomahlubi, 'Pictures that speak': Involving Youth in Community Health 2001

 

Health and Welfare -- Ezempilo neze Ntlalontle
It is health to have fresh vegetables...



This picture is a good thing because it is good to have fresh vegetables. These people are unemployed and are growing their own food because there are no jobs. It is good to plant vegetables for eating and selling.

 -Celine, 'Pictures that speak': Involving Youth in Community Health 2001

 


   
  
 
 
A Community Activism Project. Photovoice with Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, Massachusetts, 2001

This project was an after-school activity of Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, in Lowell, Massachusetts in the Northeast United States. Project goals were to identify resources and needs of Lowell communities as seen from the perspectives of adolescent girls from those communities, portray these resources and needs using photographs and captions, and reach policymakers and decision-makers with this information.

Sponsor: Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell

Funder: Association for American University Women (through a Career Development Grant to Laura Lorenz, the facilitator

"I took photos of my family, my friends, my community, and many other problems and resources,” said Jennifer Sanchez, a Photovoice participant and Girls Inc member for six years. “For example, I took a picture of bagged trash. This is a resource—everyone should bag their trash instead of polluting the environment. Taking pictures for Photovoice, I found that there was a lack of caring in my community and lots of pollution. I found that taking pictures and showing them to our community could really make a difference.”

 


A crack in our dance floor...


This is one of the many cracks in our dance floor at the high school. Cracks like this are unsafe and can cause major injuries. Our dance teacher has made numerous complaints to the school about this problem. I hope that including this photo will get the floor fixed and that my dance teacher does not get in trouble, because this was my idea.

– Kerry age-17., Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell ‘Photovoice: A Community Activism Project, 2001 Project, 2001

  My family is everything to me...


My family is everything to me. This is a picture of my aunt and my baby sister. My aunt is very special to me because she is very cool and teaches me things about life. She is a role model and she is like another mother. I love my Mom just the same, they are both very cool. My baby is very special to me because she is premature and she is so precious. When I look at her I see myself as being a role mode. She makes me smile when I’m down."

—Jessica, age 14,. Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell ‘Photovoice: A Community Activism Project, 2001


Citation:

Photovoice: Girls’ Vision Girls’ Voices – A Community Activism Project for Girls Aged 12-15, developed by Laura Lorenz, M.Ed. for Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell and Girls Incorporated Headquarters, New York, New York, with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

 

  Jove -  (Journal of Visual Experiments)

Using Visual and Narrative Methods to Achieve Fair Process in Clinical Care
 

 

This powerful video and paper illustrates an innovative visual approach (Photovoice or photo-elicitation) to achieve fair process in clinical care for patients living with chronic health conditions, illuminate gaps in clinical knowledge, forge better therapeutic relationships, and identify patient-centered goals and possibilities for healing. See a revealing open-access, peer-review video by clicking (here), the title, or any of the images above
(Video: 13:39 Min).

 

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