The Shadow of the Photographer: Visual Symbols and Photographic Snapshots in the Search for Self-knowledge and Fulfilment

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The Shadow of the Photographer offers a new way to look at – and find meaning in – our photographic ‘snapshots’. Supported by the experience of 200+ workshop participants with ni prior training in photography or psychology as well as research in anthropology, evolutionary biology, history, mythology, psychology, communication theory and general semantics, this paper is an excerpt from my recently completed manuscript explaining how the visual elements and juxtapositions intuitively incorporated into our photographs are allegorical descriptions of our interior emotional terrain – and how even a simple camera can offer the means to greater self-awareness and acceptance.

Keywords: Photography, Psychology, Self-awareness, Narrative Metaphors, Mythology, Philosophy
Stream: Meaning and Representation, Other or Stream Unspecified
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Shadow of the Photographer, The


Senior Lecturer in Advertising, Department of Art and Design, University of Chester

A commercial photographer in Toronto, Canada from 1982 to 1993, Rutherford taught Photographic Arts in Canada and New Zealand from 1985 to 1990. From 1992 to 1994, Rutherford developed and led a workshop series for graduate students of the Film and Photography department of Toronto’s Ryerson Polytechnic University that explored the significance of the elements intuitively incorporated into our casual photographic snapshots and how these can lead to greater self-awareness and acceptance. Following withdrawal from commercial photographic practice in 1993, Rutherford served as Director of Communications for Canada’s White Ribbon Campaign (Men Working To End Violence Against Women), a national charity. His photographic works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Japan and France. From 1999 to 2005, Rutherford served as Senior Lecturer in Communications at CERAM in Sophia Antipolis (France). Rutherford is currently Senior Lecturer in Advertising at the University of Chester.

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