In English..

Bachelors country. Initially, this Masterthesis “Bachelors country” reads as a theoretical and practical designresearch for a new design in personal profiling of bachelors, intended for a platform yet to be developed. For me personally, this design research mainly investigates the power of so-called ‘lens-based media’ and the guiding contexts in which camera images are used. Photography, created and placed in specific ways, can reduce stories to stereotypes, as is happening with profilephotos. The database of a datingsite, which ranks and organizes profiles, aditionally controls how we perceive individual people. In datingsites single people, big stories as far as I am concerned, are reduced to products through the use of profile-photography in a, thousands-of-people-consisting, database. The current method of profiling personally affected me and is therefore introduced as casestudy in this investigation. The research gradually developed into an analysis of different systems of representation that jointly guide the imaging of individuals; I discovered systems in which many thoughtless and old-fashioned designchoices were leading. Through literature-study I immersed myself in mediatheory, archivaltheory and theories about imaging, in the meantime searching for visual escape possibilities (without using lens-based-images) using self-designed methods. I investigated other, honest ways of profiling singles and experimented with language, sound, drawings and maps. The result is a compendium in 13 parts containing various visual maps that juxtapose and connect historical developments surrounding imaging. The last four maps of the compendium contain proposals for a different way of profiling in which the story behind an individual is more prominent. Finally I speculate about the influence this other way of profiling can have on imaging and archiving.