Photo of the week: the shadow of the photographer

Photo of the week: the shadow of the photographer

In our next ‘photo of the week’ we are looking at research investigating the reasons and implications of our largely intuitive attraction to the scenes and events that we ‘choose’ to record with photographs. BU’s own Rutherford has been leading the research.

In addition to our family and holiday snapshots, many of us also photograph scenes with which we have no conscious or personal connection with, but only because ‘we liked the way it looked’. Through his research he has argued that you can find allegorical self-portraits of your emotions while taking these photos.

By providing us with an instantaneous (‘point & shoot’) means to record those scenes, objects and events to which our attention is intuitively drawn without the need for conscious decisions about what makes a ‘good’ photograph.

Rutherford’s research has shown that some of the resulting photos present us with picture postcards of our emotional terrain: symbolic depictions of the way in which we imagine the world ‘out there’ – and sometimes, allegorical self-portraits of the one we have become in our efforts to find our way through it.

Here is a link to his research website:

For more information about the project, email Rutherford for further details.

This was an entry to BU’s first research photography competition and the entries for the next competition will be open shortly. For more details about the competition, please email photo