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Photography Research

Visual Elements

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 / Subject Matter 
  • Themes / Concepts
  • Visual Elements 
  • Purpose / Why My Voice Matters

Story Brainstorm from:

Amateur photographer mindmap:

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).