An area that I have worked in casually for some years now is photography, in addition to having studied it both in school and at a tertiary level. I think photography is such an important and beautiful field, as it can be utilised in so many different ways. On the one hand, photography allows us to create artwork and visual media that can be used for a range of purposes, such as to portray emotion; to represent themes of family, friendship, love and hurt; to capture meaningful moments like birthdays, celebrations, weddings and gatherings; to use for design tools and marketing such as on websites and blogs; and in so many other ways. Photography can also be used as an educational tool in a range of different ways. First of all, photography can and is often used as a way to educate students and people about issues and conditions affecting us and our world. For example, American photographer Alyson McClaran used the medium to showcase counter-protests led by healthcare workers in the United States, when hundreds of people gathered in Denver to challenge the lockdown laws implemented amidst the Covid-19 crisis.
Şebnem Coşkun, who was one of 2019’s Environmental Photographers of the Year, has used photography to highlight the issue of pollution in our oceans.
As a digital medium, I believe that photography can serve as a perfect way to tie a range of different curriculum links to digital technologies. Moreover, the study of photography in classrooms provides opportunities for students to explore the digital aspects and features of photography.