This seminar questions the extent to which taking photographs is an ethically neutral act.
In contemporary times, digital cameras within smartphones and other mobile devices makes it easy to continually ‘capture’ experiences indiscriminately. Furthermore, social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram normalise photographing and sharing images of everything from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders to the foods we eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The decision to ‘take a photo’ is no longer a meditated event, but a habitual reflex.
Is the constant ‘snapping’ and sharing of ourselves, our environment, and others really ethically neutral, or does it subtly affect the way in which we engage with others, and indeed with the way we think of and relate to ourselves?
The University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. Our motto, Lampada Ferens, translates as ‘carrying the light of learning’, and over the years, we’ve shared that light with thousands of people from across the world. As England’s 14th-oldest university, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research. And we have no plans to stop helping to build a better world.