Reshaping the Landscape

Hillman, John (2015) Reshaping the Landscape. In: Association of Photographers in Higher Education, Nottingham Trent University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

By considering the camera as a node connected to a network through which information is transmitted and received this paper will consider what issues confront those seeking to offer photographic education. Asking if the twenty first century presents us with a different photographic student, who now identifies with a new and equally distinctive character and form of photography.

The paper will present a framework of what the environment of photographic education could look like. Suggesting that it is the interactions of photographic and other image based practices that may constitute the basis of a re-shaping of the landscape of photographic education. The challenge is how photographic education directly addresses the modifying medium of image creation. How does it distinguish its modern methods from its past ones? How does it meaningfully relate to the multiple discourses of image making and image consumption? How can photographic education acknowledge the importance of a practice that connects with and relates to a network of imagery already taken and continuing to come into existence? Beginning with these questions, I shall ask how we can create in students the capacity to extend or challenge their own understanding of photography.

If, as historian David Wootton suggested, the purpose of the discipline of history is to ‘give the past its place in us.’ Then perhaps the starting point and underlying purpose of the discipline of photography may be to find us in the images we all have taken. With this is a starting point; I shall suggest that as the world around us changes our relationship to photography and its relationship to us also changes. As the terrain of photography is re-shaped we will inevitably need to create new maps to orientate and link the multiple nodes of twenty first century photography.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: W600 Cinematics and Photography
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Visual Communication
Depositing User: John Hillman
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2019 09:22
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 09:22
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7532

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