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The Language of Photography
Additional material for Sightlines Members


Guidance documents
The Language of Photography project guidancepicture1
Participatory Photography projects
Getting Started
Top Tips

Photovoice Workshops

Powerpoint presentations
Introduction to the project

Project documentation
Photography project DVD- Reggio Emilia.

The Eimes Of time DVD 
The Language of Photography- Eastwood Nursery school
The Language of Photography - Pembury House Childrens Centre
Children as photographers- Reflections Nursery, Worthing.

The Language of Photography (ReFocus Journal)
Fixing the image

Kids With Cameras
An international network focusing upon children as photographersstill life

Telling Images-Stories of a Community by Julian Germain

Photography Charity

Julian Germain website (

 The Wonder of Learning and the Hundred Languages of Children – on line exhibit

Jane Bown – photojournalism and portraiture

Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize
National Portrait Gallery
Contemporary portraiture

The Side Gallery Film and photography collective. On line archive of international, classic and contemporary documentary photography

 Charlie Waite website


 Dear participants,
here are some papers from the conference, including a summary analysis of the comments we received. The day was extremely useful for us in thinking about how we develop the project publication, also in thinking about and relating with the various communities of audience and colleagues. Thank you very much for your participation and various comments.

We have since begun to investigate an exchange/network possibility with the colleagues from Iceland, and will be in touch with those others of you who have requested further information or support.

There is also a video record which we will process and then upload here.

1 Introduction by Robin Duckett & Chris Holmes
2 Presentation 1 Skerne Park RS AP & CH
3 Presentation 2 Ivy Rd CH Notes
3 Presentation 2 Ivy Road JS CH and JF
5 ELiN in Natural England's Outdoor Learning Programme
6 No Fear by Tim Gill
6 No Fear by Tim Gill Notes
7 Presentation 3 Jeremy & Emma
8 Organisational Change Di Teasdale Notes
9 Changes and Achievements JS Ivy Road
9 Changes and Achievements RS Skerne Park
10 ELiN Reflections Mary Jane Drummond

Evaluations Summary
Some Questions Raised ...

All the best, the Early Learning in Nature team

A National Network Projectsnow

The Language of Photography is a national project which welcomes the participation of ReFocus Network members.

The project will run from September 2010 to June 2012. 

The project explores how we construct long term action research projects and the potential of photography as a language
of expression for young children. This subject is also currently an area of research and interest in Reggio Emilia's preschools and Infant toddler centres, and is inspired to their approach to project development.

The project is open to participation by all ReFocus Network members. It is managed and co ordinated by Sightlines Initiative. Participants can engage in the project at whatever level is appropriate for them. 

Sightlines Initiative believes that a national research project amongst members, with a common theme/focus has the potential to enable the following:

  • A supportive structure to progress theoretical understandings into daily practice.still life
  • A shared research focus.
  • A common subject for exchange, dialogue and connection between members.
  • The construction of projects (Progettzione)
  • A community of learners, learning together.
  • The exploration of the values and principles of the Reggio Philosophy
  • A national exhibition to promote and inspire a creative and reflective approach to early childhood education.


Sightlines has written a project guidance dicument and some additional resource documents for project participants (see below) It is intended that these documents offer a framework for the project but that it will be largely self managed by settings themselves. 

Sightlines can organise seminars and workshops relating to the project for project groups and offers bespoke project mentoring and consultancy to settings.

Sightlines asks project participants to submit examples of work for sharing with other project participants and this will be shown here and will contribute to a final exhibition. 

The Language of Photography Project Guidance

The Language of Photography . participation proforma

The Language of Photography - Getting started

The language of Photography - Top Tips

Photovoice workshop - London 

The Language of Photography - Powerpoint



Children often use cameras in a very exciting way- unrestricted by conventional notions of what makes a good picture they are so direct, curious and unpretentious that I often find myself liking their pictures more than my own.’

Julian Germain

Sightlines Initiative is dedicated to developing long-term action research projects with early years' settings.

We have a team of specialist educators, educators and project mentors available to work with early years' settings.

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Our key areas of expertise are:

  • Learning in the natural environment
  • Transforming spaces
  • Developing environments of enquiry
  • Children and musicality  
  • Children's expressive languages
Our projects are designed to have a positive impact on the following:
  • Children's engagement in learning projects
  • Wellbeing and happiness
  • Enjoying and achieving
  • Creative approaches to teaching and learning

Sightlines is highly experienced in working with early years' settings and schools to develop bespoke projects which transform teaching and learning.

If you are interested in developing a project with us, please send an email to admin[at] with an outline of your ideas. 

Key Elements

  • Review of Toddler Group environment and resources
  • Developing the potential of the ‘learning environment’
  • Developing methods of observation and documentation as a tool to support and extend children’s ideas and interests, and to have them valued.
  • Developing the facilitating approach of adults to support the children in exploring their own ideas and understandings.
  • Developing awareness and understandings of the ‘competent child’, with the involvement of the Parent’s Group.