The Photodiary Method

I have been developed more than 10 years ‘The Photodiary Method’, which is a method for self reflection and self-efficacy. The most important form of it  is visually oriented personal journal, photodiary.


Photo diary is one’s personal project or agenda, where he or she somehow regularly produces meaningful photographs about his or her life. Photodiary helps to perceive world around us, supports to recall one’s memory, thoughts, emotions.

Perhaps the most important feature is however to make ’inner’ dialogue with yourself. It reveals meanings to your life. Photo diary can be public or private and it’s form is totally free. Technically it can be weblog, homesite, ordinary photo album, shoebox full of photos, negative archieve, part of wider net service etc.

Thinking and writing, reflecting, is very important when working with photography as photo diary.

As a master’s thesis I made 2013 a study ”Photodiary as an agent of one’s self-efficacy”. I made this study to Oulu university, faculty of pedagogics (Learning and Educational Technology (LET) Research Unit). If you need some further information or you want me to organize for you photodiary course, feel free to contact me: email ari.rapo(at)