This creative autophotographic thesis studies 356 photographically represented occupations completed over the course of a year by a single individual. The photographs represent occupations on both a literal level as well as a figurative level in order to reveal two components of occupation: the actual physical activity, and the one time meaning attached to the activity. By looking at the entirety of the thesis, a holistic view of the individual as an occupational being, their occupational identity, and their life narrative can be seen. This thesis is therefore a tool that develops understanding of specific occupational science terminology, a way to study the evolution of one’s own occupational identity, and a method to understand the occupational behavior of others.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2012


Kathy Splinter-Watkins

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Occupational Therapy