My favourite white shoes...portraits of teenage identity

Braithwaite, N. ORCID: 0000-0001-6424-8919, 2019. My favourite white shoes...portraits of teenage identity. SRA Annual Conference 2019, Royal College of Physicians, London, 10 December 2019.

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Braithwaite, N.
Publisher: Social Research Association
Date: 10 December 2019
Description: Exhibition held at the SRA Annual Conference 2019, Royal College of Physicians, London, 10 December 2019. Maggie’s photograph and narrative captures the essence of her favourite white shoes and how they symbolise her experiences of being 18. Maggie chose to bring these shoes to an interview with me as they held so many memories of what it felt, for her, to be a teenager. This photograph is part of a larger research project, Shoe and Tell that explores the powerful role that shoes have in communicating and expressing teenage identity. By examining how this generation negotiates the complexity of identity, the project uses visual ethnography to flesh out teenage attitudes and experiences of everyday life. The focus of the project is shoes as they have an intimate relationship with the body, and how they feel and look on the foot influences the wearer’s physicality and their subsequent engagement with the world around them. In turn the shoe’s materiality holds the wearer’s imprint and embedded within are the memories and experiences of wearing. From tatty, mud stained, but much loved Converse, to perfect white Stan Smiths, to Doc Martens and sparkly high heels, Shoe and Tell documents the transformatory power of shoes and offers a unique perspective on the emotive, and often intriguing, life of a teenager.
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Event Title: SRA Annual Conference 2019
Event Location: Royal College of Physicians, London
Event Dates: 10 December 2019
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 04 Nov 2019 11:21
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2019 11:26

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