Developing Effective Expression Through Digital Photography: A Narrative Inquiry and Exhibition
As a teacher of introductory media arts and a newcomer to photography, I felt a shared frustration with my students when trying to express myself effectively in the pictures I was taking. The purpose of this thesis is to explore ways of developing effective expression through digital photography. Through narrative inquiry, I examine theories of aesthetics, my perception of the environment around me, and the meaning making process in photography. I also analyse the contemplative photography practise of Miksang, and engage in a case study of photographs that I have taken during this inquiry. In doing so, I advocate for the use of contemplative photography as a means of finding an individual artistic style and voice, and for a practice of photography which seeks to enlighten us about ourselves, rather than communicating pre-determined ideas. My inquiry is presented in the form of an academic essay and a photography exhibition.