Visual Literacy

School presentations

The power of the visual image and your child

Big Picture Industries has worked with many schools, parent, staff and youth groups across SE Queensland offering informative presentations about how our relationship with the visual image, especially this generation, is changing.


 Our organisation has over 30 years experience working in the field of visual imagery, from photography to videography, both commercially and also in education.

Imagine that if a 'photograph tells a 1000 words' and we now have over 3.5 trillion pictures floating in the internet cloud and social media  - then how much visual information are our children exposed to today?

Our presentations aim to offer parents and schools information and tools to help understand the importance of children having a comprehensive knowledge of the language of visual imagery.


Many ways to learn

Big Picture Industries have worked for several years with the ever growing and dynamic Home School communities on the Gold Coast.


Together we have provided education programs in visual literacy, photography and video.

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The facts and figures are startling...

In the last  3 years alone we have created more digital visual imagery photography and video content than in the entire history of photography from 1840.  


What does this all mean, maybe nothing, but the signs and evidence coming in is that it does mean something and it can have a direct negative impact on your child.

The world is communicating in a much more highly visual manner than at any time in history.  Technology is moving faster than our traditional forms of education can keep up with.

Big Picture actively advocates for all children to learn, engage with and participate in visual literacy programs.  Every photograph has a grammar of light, narrative, composition which evokes emotions and responses.

Understanding our relationship with imagery in more important than ever.

Big Picture Industries has worked with several leading Australian universities exploring how young people engage with and express emotions through images.

The Selfie Project was through an ARC grant (Australian Research Council) working along side the Australian Catholic University. We worked with several Queensland state schools researching how children interpret and communicate with digital imagery, primarily photography.

The rapid increase in how we consume and share photographs through social media in the last decade requires vital research if we are to understand the full impact this has on current and future generations.