Thinking through the photographic encounter: Engaging with the camera as nomadic weapon

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This paper considers the photographic act as an affective and affirmative encounter—a reflexive, embodied, and relational community engagement that may produce a rupture in our habitual modes of thinking. The author uses the Deleuzo-Guattarian concept of the nomadic weapon to consider how the camera may become an affective trigger for self-reflexivity, catalyzing the potential of nomadic thinking in a participatory frame. By transposing uses of photography as visual research method across cultural geography, visual anthropology, sociology, and arts-based educational research, the author discusses shifts in the function of photography from a practice emphasizing image production to an embodied and performative approach to community engagement. Using a photographic encounter with a local taco stand as an example, the piece considers the pedagogical potential of engaging with unfamiliar spaces as a participatory and reflexive photographic process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Education and the Arts
StatePublished - Sep 8 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Music


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