Picturing the Wheatbelt: Exploring and Expressing Place Identity Through Photography

  • Christopher C. Sonn
  • Amy F. Quayle
  • Pilar Kasat
Original Article


Community arts and cultural development is a process that builds on and responds to the aspirations and needs of communities through creative means. It is participatory and inclusive, and uses multiple modes of representation to produce local knowledge. ‘Voices’ used photography and photo elicitation as the medium for exploring and expressing sense of place among Aboriginal and non-Indigenous children, young people and adults in four rural towns. An analysis of data generated by the project shows the diverse images that people chose to capture and the different meanings they afforded to their pictures. These meanings reflected individual and collective constructions of place, based on positive experiences and emotions tied to the natural environment and features of the built environment. We discuss community arts and cultural development practice with reference to creative visual methodologies and suggest that it is an approach that can contribute to community psychology’s empowerment agenda.


Photography Photo elicitation Place identity Arts Community cultural development Praxis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher C. Sonn
    • 1
  • Amy F. Quayle
    • 1
  • Pilar Kasat
    • 2
  1. 1.College of ArtsVictoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Community Arts Network Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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