How does taking pictures change the way we encounter the world around us? Reflect on perception and desire for photos that connect.
In this course, we will reflect on the experiences of desire, perception and strategy in the pursuit of images that connect us with our surroundings.
Dive into what’s behind the pictures we take, and the ones we wish we could take, in a class that explores the wish to capture the world in still images. This is not a technical course but one in which we reflect on our mental, emotional and perceptual processes in the pursuit of images that engage the environment.
Through exercises and experiments with and without a camera, we’ll explore how photography brings us into dialogue with our surroundings. We’ll consider how unbounded nature is framed and pictures “taken,” consider the role of composition and photographic morality, how to take up and when to put the camera down. There will be short, easy walks, time for writing, discussion and, of course, taking pictures. Throughout the day we will discover and articulate our own photographic goals and challenges.
Both beginning and advanced photographers are welcome, as well as those curious about photography. Come prepared with a camera of some kind, a willingness to share experiences and to take creative risks. Readings, reference images and a short bibliography will be provided for further inquiry.