Introduction to Context and Narrative

Some opening thoughts on C&N are below, which will be referred to during the course.

Context – definition (Outside the frame)

The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood. ‘the proposals need to be considered in the context of new European directives’

Definition taken from . accessed 21/09/2017

Narrative – definition (Within the frame)

A spoken or written account of connected events; a story. ‘a gripping narrative’

The practice or art of telling stories. ‘traditions of oral narrative’

A representation of a particular situation or process in such a way as to reflect or conform to an overarching set of aims or values. ‘the coalition’s carefully constructed narrative about its sensitivity to recession victims’

Definition taken from . accessed 21/09/2017


is the work of signification that is performed within a sign – its specific signified. As the process where a signifier means or denotes a specific sign.”


a similar process but where the signifier is itself the denoting sign; the sign in its totality points to something else. That something else, I term a referent system.”

Denotation and connotation taken from . accessed 21/09/2017

My aims :- To formulate and improve upon my personal voice. To reflect upon my work and to challenge myself on all projects. When reflecting, aim to be relevant and concise. When being critical do not be too negative but reflect with a little distance.

Start a diary.

Think about my technique, personal intention, contextualized imagery, make compelling and coherent work.

Be a thinking photographer and not a zombie snapper.

Assessment criteria

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills Materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills.

Quality of Outcome. Content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, with discernment.

Demonstration of Creativity. Imagination, experimentation, invention, personal voice.

Context. Reflection, research (learning logs)

I will now add to the debate about photography and the truth as I flow through this course.



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