Teaching Photography as a Visual Language

Scott, Grant (2016) Teaching Photography as a Visual Language. Witness.

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Abstract

It is interesting to me that those born since the digital revolution; the students whom populate our schools, colleges and universities seem to have the hardest time in re-imaging the role of photography in the world today. At least that is my experience when speaking to them about their understanding of photography as a subject to study within some form of further or higher education. Theirs is an understanding defined and sculpted by established education’s need to grade, mark and rate both work and students throughout their learning journey. As with so many of the creative arts the study of photography is too often placed within the same results based criteria as any other subject from maths to biology, from a modern language to geography. This causes fundamental issues for the student who decides to continue their study of photography outside of that criteria. It has been in the process of trying to solve these issues that I have chosen to use the metaphor of ‘learning a language’ in my own teaching when attempting to explain what photography can be and what it can give a student in transferable creative and life skills.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Art and Design > Photography
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Grant Scott
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 14:43
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 14:49
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4478

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