The Interactive Photograph
This presentation will take the form of a conversation between two speakers. A live visual demonstration will be integrated, modelling photography’s role in creative skills acquisition. Both components will create interaction with the audience and generate discussion and debate on the conference theme ‘Arts of Engagement’ using photography as a case study.
The content of this innovative presentation derives from two sources, one utilising a cross-disciplinary approach and the other a holistic approach. Firstly, an Institution-Focused Study currently being conducted by Silke Lange as part of doctoral research in an inner-city further education college. The focus of this research is an investigation into what types of creative skills adult students are learning on an Open College Network course, and how they might apply these skills later in life.
The second will be an exploration by Andy Golding of the process and outcomes of those studying photography as mature students in part time mode. This will be based on the experience of the long established BA Photography course at the University of Westminster.
During the presentation both speakers will draw on photographic images produced by students, in particular work that supports Andy’s and Silke’s philosophy that photography should be an active medium which opens up a world of experience beyond mere technological knowledge. They will demonstrate the potential for photography to enable people to grow, understand themselves and others and develop new ways of seeing through understanding connections with culture and society.
Keywords: Photography, Creative Skills, Adult Education
Dr. Silke Lange
Senior Lecturer, Department of Photography and Digital Media
Mr Andy Golding
Head of Department of Photography and Digital Media, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster