Those born since the digital revolution, seem to have the hardest time re-imagining the role of photography in the world today. Thinking of photography as a visual language is the approach that UNP Founder Grant Scott adopts to addresses this challenge.
Considering photography in this way develops the metaphor of ‘learning a language’ when attempting to explain what photography can be, and what it can give a student in transferable creative and life skills. This begins with challenging the pre-conception that successful photography is defined by the successful single image or ‘the good photograph’.
The book emphasises the central role of narrative and visual storytelling through a technique of ‘photosketching’ to develop the building blocks of visual creativity and ultimately to craft successful bodies of photographic work.
New Ways of Seeing explains how to both learn and teach photography as a visual language, appropriate for both professionals and students working today.
The Narrative Eye
1. How Did We Get Here
2. Speaking in a Digital Environment
3. The Basic Vocabulary of a Visual Language
5. Building the Narrative
6. Developing Fluency
7. Speaking Out: A Discussion between Grant Scott and photographer Derek Hudson
Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Focal Press 2014) and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Focal Press 2015). His next book New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019.