Photography in thirteenth century Spain (Mayor graphic novel, s1, p65)

Photography in thirteenth century Spain

The very idea of drafting something, or making a drawing that communicated information, must have been a considerable task in medieval Europe. First, you had to be educated or talented in drafting and designing. Second, you needed paper and ink. Then you needed to transmit that information, which could not be easily reproduced.

Our routine production of selfies denies what a complex activity this would have been in the past. The instagram of the day was the cathedral wall (notably the cathedral at Teruel). The production of a good selfie in the thirteenth century would have been limited to the aristocracy, and even then, verisimilitude would have been wholly dependent on the skill of the artist.

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Jenny Weight
English consultant and graphic novelist
Since leaving the higher education sector I’ve been focussed on thinking about education more holistically – I’m particularly interested in the interface between education and media, but I want to understand better how we can bring our traditional educational institutions to embrace the possibilities that the network and media are opening up. We need to reinvent education to suit the nature of our working lives, and our need to engage in routine lifelong learning. I use my research and writing skills to explore these issues. I consult on education issues and assist postgraduate students with their theses.

As an artist, my new project is Mayor, a graphic novel set in thirteenth century Spain. You can find out more about these activities in my blog: