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Photography Research

A research guide created for students in the photography program at Lesley University's College of Art & Design.

What is concept modelling?

Concept modelling is a methodology used to breakdown information to make connections to broader themes, issues, and ideas. Concept maps usually take shape in the form of graphic representations or maps and allow you to externalize your thinking processes and connect abstract ideas into a visual structure like mind-mapping.

Library of Congress: Primary Source Analysis Tool

Use this tool (worksheet) from the Library of Congress to help organize your thoughts about and analysis of works of art (click on the image below).


  • Concept Maps: diagrams that show relationships, links or associations between concepts.
  • Concept Mapping: a technique to show concepts and their relationships with each other through labeled arrows.
  • Mind Maps: The organization of mind maps reflects how the mind processing thinking as ideas arise
  • Mind Mapping: A process that brainstorms ideas, words, tasks or other elements and arranges them in groups around a central notion

Definitions taken from "Collaborative Learning using Concept Mapping," by Patricia Lupion Torres & Rita de Cassia Veiga Marriot


For drawing out your ideas and concepts, we recommend the old fashioned pencil & paper!

But if you prefer to go digital, then check out these tools:

Visual Elements

You might not be used to using visual elements and design principles to define your work.  Check out this explanation:

Activity: Browse through photography books and journals until you find a photo that reminds you of your own work, or what you aspire to create. Click the link above and go through each visual element/design principle listed to practice identifying how the artist uses each in their work.

Defining Your Work

Before you can find similar artists, you need to know what defines your own work.  Try making a mind map of your work. Include:

  • Content 
  • Theme 
  • Purpose 
  • Visual Elements 

Story Brainstorm from:

Amateur photographer mindmap:

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