Contemporary photography practice: expanded methodology and critical ways of thinking


  • Rodrigo Hill



Lens-based image, Methodology, Photography, Place-making, Practice-led research


Contemporary photographic practice has advanced into a broad territory of representational flux and modalities. This is a stimulating moment for lens-based practitioners and practice-led researchers willing to explore expanded modes of academic inquiry connected the medium of photography. In this article I draw key methodological insights from my Practice-led PhD project Place Imaginaries: Photography and Place-making at Te Awa River Ride. I explore relationships between photography and place-making and how photography is embedded within place-making processes. As a photographer and artist I developed a methodology based on photography practice and the iteration of curated bodies of photographic work. Te Awa River Ride is my research locale, a shared pathway that edges the banks of the Waikato River in the central North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Photography practice or lens-based practice is located at the core of my methodological research approaches; a space, which informs both theoretical and practice-led research developments en route to expanded critical modes of academic inquiry.


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Author Biography

Rodrigo Hill

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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How to Cite

Hill, R. (2021). Contemporary photography practice: expanded methodology and critical ways of thinking. DAT Journal, 6(2), 431–442.