Why regard photography as language?
What skills does this kind of theory-led practice offer to photographers, visual practitioners, and researchers of visual communication?
Photography has taken centre place in the cultural representation of ourselves and our mediated world. With photography accessible to anyone with a camera or smartphone, there is freedom to amend our perceptions of what we see. Through the likes of Facebook and Instagram, users and viewers miss out the necessary critique of an image and what that is trying to tell us. The real world becomes distorted around us, viewed through a social media lens.
In this course you won’t be told what photography is. Instead, you will be introduced to key approaches to thinking in photographs and making photographic work. Rather than being told what to think about photography you will create your own interpretation through theoretical and technical skills.
You will be introduced to the nature of photographs from a historical perspective and through contemporary development. Not only this, you will be introduced to the key concepts which highlight the cultural importance of photography. You’ll then explore the demands of society upon photography.
We will engage with the technical aspects of photography; how they extend to the way we see, perceive and feel photographs. Most crucially we will explore the communicative potential of the photograph as a sign within the photographic visual language.
This online course assumes no prior knowledge. If you a budding photographer, interested in photography as a communicative language and tool, this is the course for you.