Planning and shooting

Planning is the preparatory stage of the visual strategy that aims at the photographing person acquiring a suitable meaning perspective for visualizing a given form of social vulnerability (and its socioanalytic dimensions).

The planning of the shooting includes 3 main steps:
Step 1: Acquaintance with the basic socioanalytic specifics of the given research case.
Step 2: Formulating these as a meaning ‘perspective’ of photographing – i.e. as goals of achieving interpretative effects, focuses, directions of attention towards specific socioanalytic dimensions of a given form of vulnerability.
Step 3: Preparation of the shooting location, selection of methods/techniques of shooting.

Important details:
A) Who can shoot the frames?
The researcher of the given form of vulnerability himself or herself can shoot the frames of his or her research case. Here the researcher is directly acquainted with the specifics of the socioanalytic dimensions of vulnerability in the case under consideration and can proceed immediately to the formulation of a meaning ‘perspective’ of the shooting – i.e. of goals of achieving interpretative effects / suggestions.
The researcher of the given form of vulnerability and the photographer can be different persons. In this case, the first step of the planning must be done by the photographer but with the assistance of the researcher. This can be done as the researcher provides to the photographer a short text describing the specifics of the given case and/or a few meetings take place for clarificatory conversations between them and for giving directions as to the desired suggestions of the frame by images, symbols etc. for capturing the given form of social vulnerability in general but also in its concrete socioanalytic dimensions as registered by the researcher.

B) Are stereotyped depictions (popular or trivial ways of visualizing the problem) excluded in the visualization of the given form of social vulnerability?
They cannot be excluded because through them, an interesting research effect is achieved, consisting in the following: they allow, in the combination of frame and analytic text, the establishment of a meaning contrast between the stereotypization as expressed by the frame and the analytic content of the research work. This provides a good critical background not only to discussing contradictions between socioanalytic and stereotyped perspectives but also to single out and emphasizing the socioanalytic dimensions of the given form of vulnerability.

EXAMPLES
of strategic planning of photographing social vulnerabilities in socioanalytic dimensions on the 9 research cases included in the project, and sample frames shot in result of planning
/Step 1 + Step 2 + Step 3/

Case study: The unrealized / unsuccessful graduate
Researcher: Diana Apostolova
Focus the attention in the specifics of the feeling of vulnerability of young people (not following the formal statutory definition that identifies young people as those under 29 years old) who have successfully completed higher education but who define themselves as unrealized or unsuccessful, irrespective of their employment status.
Focus the attention to the problem of the successful/unsuccessful self-inheritance and its socioanalytic dimensions in the vulnerability towards the experience of failed realization or lack of success in such young people, even if they have become a part of a professional field they designate as desired.

Case study: Roma, homelessness, inequality
Researcher: Dimitar Panchev
Focus the attention to social vulnerability and its socioanalytic dimensions along the line of the problems of Roma-homelessness-inequality.
Move beyond the demonized images of the Roma that circulate in the media and online information channels, according to which the representatives of this ethnic group live in illegal houses and do not pay any bills.
The image must direct the attention to social vulnerability experienced as a symptomatic manifestation of everyday psychopathologies.
Express the feeling of inequality coming from bearing the stigma and the ascribing of negative identity.
Express the inner distance from the state of seeking for help, which in the long run merely deepens the crisis and is a precondition for the creation of a ‘lost generation’.

Case study: The Homosexual Other
Researcher: Radoslav Dayarski
Focus the attention on the problems related to homosexual suffering as a suffering generated by a contemporary social construct: sexuality as a phenomenon generated by objective and objectifying social processes of production.
Depict sexuality as a modifier of a part of human identity.
Direct the attention to the experience of social vulnerability from the feeling of impossibility of successful self-inheritance in which the homosexual person feels the pressure of three main factors:
1) Distinction of the hetero/homosexual couples.
2) The environment of vulnerability that is affirmed and reaffirmed by the social homophobic order.
3) The deprivation of understanding that feeds the turning of the Self to him/herself and the specific form of suffering that this generates – the feeling of loneliness and the blockage of the experiencing the Self as unique.

Case study: The Patient’s suffering
Researcher: Denitsa Nencheva
Focus the attention on the problem of the striking impression on the individual who experiences suffering not so much from the illness itself than from its socioanalytic effects, i.e. seek for ways to depict suffering, vulnerability from the crisis in the patient’s own understanding of identity, in the relations with the close environment, and in the patient’s situation in the socium through the prism of the problem of successful or unsuccessful self-inheritance.
Find a way to express the figure of illness but also the long and heavy treatment that leave their mark on the personality of the patient – a suffering not merely physical but also emotional, a suffering that can be read in the very bodily dispositions of the patient and leaves visible traces on the patient’s body before the eyes of the others.
Direct the attention to the status of the patient as affirmed by a series of institutions – the patient is categorized as an invalid, retired, even reduced to the organ of the illness, etc. – something that enhances the positional suffering and the social vulnerability of the individual.

Case study: The Depopulated Village
Researcher: Desislav Georgiev
Focus the attention on the social vulnerability of the dying and deteriorated Bulgarian village that functions as a field where a number of social investments are not worth it.
Focus the attention to the depopulation of houses and empty streets as a problem that is actively discussed and traumatically experienced by villagers.
Focus the attention to key features of the subjective experience of depopulation, such as everyday psychopathologies and the identity of substandard neighbours that is ascribed to many of the still present dwellers.

Case study: The Socialist Man
Researcher: Rositsa Lyubenova
Focus the attention on socialist society and socialist man, marked by a specific socioanalytic traumaticity (главно в контекста на невъзможността за осъществяване на собствения жизнен проект; в контекста на социално изключване и изкуствено декласиране).
Focus the attention to the social vulnerability of experiencing the pressure to redefine one’s own ‘presence’ in the world and to build a new everyday life – processes of suppression of sufferance but not its elimination.
Focus the attention to the vulnerability in the social man not as an individual construct but as a vulnerability constructed in direct dependence of the environment and the family of the individual, i.e. conceived in this case study as group, family, even collective vulnerability.

Case study: The successful self-inheritance after encountering the death of the Other
Researcher: Ivilina Genova
Focus the attention to socioanalytic dimensions of vulnerability related to the symbolization or the experience of impossibility of sharing social experience, experiencing psychopathologies of everyday life or of loss of the biographical illusio in the case studied here.  
Focus the attention to the social vulnerability after the loss of the Other as an object of investment (the close person for whom it is worth living and dying) due to his total non-presence.
Focus the attention to the social vulnerability in cases of experiences the impossibility of successful self-inheritance, of a successful continuation of a life worth living.

Case study: The Refugee
Researcher: Tanya Orbova
Fcus the attention to the specific problem of social suffering and social vulnerability in the case of the Refugee, i.e. depicting the insecurity, poverty, discrimination and absence of rights of the people who look for protection.
Focus the attention to forms of the social exclusion of refugees, i.e. exclusion as utter form of deprivation, as absence of access even to the relations of inequality, to the right to experience oneself as an unequal sufferer.
Focus the attention to stereotyped interpretations of the problem of refugees (influenced by the contemporary studies of what the media calls ‘the refugee wave’, ‘refugee crisis’, ‘invasion’ etc.) in order to provoke, in contrast with them, a critical problematzation of their perspective – as oriented solely to problems concerning political, legal, economic, cultural etc. aspects without considering the important specifics of the problem which the analysis reveals of the of the socioanalytic dimensions of vulnerability in refugees.

Case study: When I have no one to turn to, I write
Researcher: Todor Petkov
Focus the attention to the creation of literature/texts in a situation when ‘there is no one to turn to’ and the more specific situation where the people to whom the wounded person could turn experience analogous personal and social cataclysms and become her co-authors or realize in their own way literary projects initiated by her, exerting, successfully or not, a socioanalytic therapeutic influence on her.
Focus the attention on writing as an act that makes visible socioanalytic projections of the success or failure of the self-inheritances of a given person with fractalized identity or one experiencing psychopathologies of everyday life.