Photography as Memory and Learning: An Autoethnographic Inquiry

By Aaron Bellette and Kathryn Gushka.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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Photographs of an artist/researcher/lecturer are used as a vehicle for a retrospective theoretical and analytical inquiry into his own learning. As an autoethnographic inquiry the central exploration focuses on the photograph as a record of experience, memory, time, light and reflection and how these elements combine in his artistic practice. In addition it examines how awareness of Bellette’s own learning has subsequently shaped his research and teaching of photomedia at tertiary undergraduate level. As an autoethnographic inquiry it acknowledges the randomness and complexity of the lived experiences, and as such represents his attempts to make sense (albeit partial and provisional) of these experiences. The author’s acknowledge that the learning journey is historically, culturally and locally specific, and that this paper represents a constructed reality filled with competing, discourses and vulnerable to the next learning encounter.

Keywords: Photomedia, Memory, Learning, Education, Autoethnographic Inquiry

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: November 15, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.099MB)).

Aaron Bellette

PhD Student, School of Education, Faculty of Education and the Arts, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Kathryn Gushka

Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of Education and the Arts, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia