2017 Certificate Course: Language of Space and Place

by | Jun 2, 2017


Photography and geography share certain words and concepts. Sense of place shows the particular rhythm and feel of that area. Landscapes evoke memories and nostalgia. Juxtaposition implies the tension through visual elements within the frame.


This course aims to equip photographers and writers with a geographic way of thinking. This is achieved by activating spatial concepts in the practice of photography and visual storytelling. Narratives, visual and written alike are enhanced with a nuanced understanding of space, place, and landscape. 


This two week course begins with an online lecture.  Podcasts and relevant sources will be provided to better understand the concepts of space and place. This will be followed by a question and answer chat. Project guidelines will be given after the chat.. Feedback will be given two weeks after submission of final work. 


“What is even more interesting is that picture books depicting city life are seldom done by geographers but rather by photographers who have very little formal training in geography.” – Sanders, R. (2007) Developing Geographers through Photography: Enlarging Concepts, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Vol. 31, No. 1, 181–195

LECTURER: Aaron Vicencio



Aaron R. Vicencio has been a professional photographer since 2003. In 2008, he graduated from the Diploma in Photojournalism program from the ACFJ. He holds a Masters degree in Geography from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Vicencio currently teaches Visual Communication courses at the Ateneo de Manila University and he is the coordinator of the ACFJ Visual Journalism Program.

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