Making the ‘Here’ and ‘Now’: Rethinking Children’s Digital Photography with Deleuzian Concepts

  • Mona Sakr
  • Natalia Kucirkova
Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)


The context of art-making offers the opportunity to engage with children’s embodied experiences of place and space. Through art-making, children both interact with and construct the world around them. The recent application of Deleuzian frameworks to studies of children’s art-making has disrupted the tendency to understand this process in terms of schemata organised into linear narratives (MacRae, 2011; Clark, 2012; Knight, 2013). In particular, Deleuzian notions of sense-making and of the rhizome unsettle modern, developmental approaches to art-making that emphasise the role of schematic representation and mimesis in children’s embodied experiences of space. As a contribution to this unsettling process, this chapter focuses on how these concepts can facilitate insights into children’s photography and the way photography enables children to engage with and construct the ‘here’ and ‘now’. By examining children’s photography from this perspective, we can develop new insights into how children’s experiences of and relationships to place unfold. In particular, we consider how children’s embodied interaction during the process of taking photographs, when analysed using these Deleuzian concepts, can challenge modern, developmental approaches to interpreting children’s experiences of the world.


Short Episode Bodily Practice Vygotskian Perspective Front Room Linear Narrative 
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