Thinking, Photographing: A Place-based Approach in Practice-led Research


  • Rodrigo Hill University of Waikato



Methodology, Photography, Place-based, Place-making, Practice-led


The article introduces photography practice as a practice-led research methodology, highlighting photographic conventions and methods as key research approaches. To illustrate these ideas I will foreground examples of my photography practice and other practitioners’. My focus is on research that explores place-based topics in which photography plays the role of generating thinking and place-making.

The article positions photography as a complete practice-led research methodology within the academy, contextualising key historical practices and moments in order to propose an expanded model of place representation. I will trace the advancements of photography and its uses during the colonial period, the introduction to landscape and later the progression into tourism photography. As a counter approach to these frameworks, I propose a more nuanced iterative model of place representation capable of rendering multiple place imaginaries. This allows visual artists, practice-led researchers and ethnographers to expand existing research agendas and methodological approaches to place and place-making.


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Biografia do Autor

Rodrigo Hill, University of Waikato

Originally from Porto Alegre, Brazil currently living in Whaingaroa Raglan Aotearoa New Zealand. Rodrigo’s photography practice focuses on people, place and its intrinsic relationships. Explorations of place and its surrounding dynamics have always been the core of Rodrigo’s work. Rodrigo’s research interests are rooted at the intersection of lens-based and curatorial apparochaes in which photography plays the role of representing layered place-imaginaries. Rodrigo’s photography practice explores the use of imagery to create meanings and understandings of place followed by curatorial practices towards photobooks and gallery installations. Rodrigo holds a PhD from the University of Waikato Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


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HILL, R. Thinking, Photographing: A Place-based Approach in Practice-led Research. Revista GEMInIS, [S. l.], v. 13, n. 2, p. 46–58, 2022. DOI: 10.53450/2179-1465.RG.2022v13i2p46-58. Disponível em: Acesso em: 6 dez. 2023.



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