Dr John Hillman is a researcher, writer, educator and image-maker engaged in the interdisciplinary areas of photography, image and visual culture. He is associate professor and director of research into an expanded view of photography at Birmingham City University. His interests lie in philosophical approaches to contemporary culture and understanding how images and media technologies shape our experience. His research is interdisciplinary in form and covers the social, political and philosophical dimensions of contemporary experience. What unifies his interests is the exploration of how theory can enrich and offer new insights to creative practice and lived experience. His approach is distinctive in its foregrounding of theoretical ideas and in how it attempts, not to explain phenomena through theory, but to elucidate theory as it appears within contemporary culture.