"Pool-slides and springboards" stands for the first phase of my PhD research, with an ongoing title "The Tourist: zones, seasons and fields in between".
It was a preparation phase, a phase of reading and formulating a theoretical framework for the future "jump" into a literal journey that my research is about. I was dealing with defining my position, as a photographer, artist, researcher, at the beginning of both - metaphorical journey of learning processes and the journey as a phenomenon that I was about to investigate in the context of mass tourism.
The notions of an amateur, non-expert, outsider, appeared quite early, in relation to an expert, professional, photographer, also pointing towards the dichotomy between science and art, tools and methodologies of both, as disciplines and practices, within and outside institutions.
Parallel to the topics of history and theory of tourism and photography, spectatorship, authorship and language, that I was learning about, the trajectory between not knowing and knowing became the subject of my observation too. Mapping the network of digressions that the reading process consists of, this dialogue between known and what is being learnt - what was not known before, turned out to be the subject of my work during this phase.
It was an emancipatory experience, the ways I used to work and tools I intuitively chose in my previous practice I started to deconstruct and analyze. The relation between photographic image and written word within the context of a photo-book was put on test through experiments with appropriation of text, juxtaposition of imagery, slide projection instead of print, and live reading as opposed to the silent mode of both photography and photo books.