Photography and the Senses: Intro to Digital Photography Winter 2023

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In the speed of a digital world, what can a slower, more tactile engagement with our materials and surroundings teach us about ourselves? This studio course is an introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography through a multi-sensorial, tactile, and experimental approach. Students learn the fundamentals of creating meaningful photographs, how to use dslr cameras, as well as editing and inkjet printing. Through a series of creative activities, we tap into all 5 senses (not just vision) in order to unlock embodied knowledge and new ways of seeing. Activities in and out of the classroom include, but are not limited to, engaging with audio recordings, creative writing games based on scent and touch, activities exploring texture and material in nature, collage, and where appropriate, somatic exercises. An emphasis will be placed on play and experimentation, hands-on learning, and class discussions of poetry, artwork, films, and other media. Students will work to create a series of photographs on a topic of their choice.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 12
Expected: NA
Class#: 1159
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Final project or presentation
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Art majors who have not taken a photo course at Williams, then art majors interested in the intersections of photography and other artistic disciplines, then anyone else.
Materials/Lab Fee: $200-$300. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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