Dissertation submitted for the Degree of Photomedia BA (Hons)
Chapter 1 (extract)
Human communication is something that everyone recognises:
All communication involves signs and codes (more on this later). In this dissertation communication is seen as the production and exchange of meanings. Messages, or texts, interact with people in order to produce meanings, i.e.:
Therefore, the message or text is an element in a structural relationship whose other elements include external reality and the producer/reader.
In history, Church art and design was the pinnacle of human creativity and the inherent message of Christianity was communicated to people who were illiterate or poorly educated. The arts, including photography, is not restricted by the barriers of communication, and can reach deep into people’s hearts and minds causing an experience of Christianity…
TO WHAT EXTENT CAN PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHURCH ART AND DESIGN COMMUNICATE CHRISTIANITY?