Week 26, Winter/Spring 2014 Semester

Introduction to Photography

This week, APP Introduction to Photography students worked on reading some each other’s images from the course, focusing on various technical qualities — angle, light, mood, foreground versus background, focus, composition, color, and framing among others — and how these elements contributed to the meaning of the photographs. The goal was to practice visual literacy, and to help students narrow down which five images they will submit to the exhibition juror next week.

Students also brainstormed in class about their motivations for taking pictures, and how photography makes them feel. They will soon translate this into their artist statements and biographies, which will be included in the upcoming exhibition.


Take five minutes and think about why you do what you do. How did you get into this work? How do you feel when work is going well? What are your favorite things about your work? Jot down short phrases that capture your thoughts. Don’t worry about making sense or connections.

*What do you like best about what you do?
* What do you mean when you say that a piece has turned out really well?

When I work with ____________, I am reminded that ______________.
I begin to photography by ______________.
I know when a photograph is successful when __________________.
When my work is going well, I am filled with a sense of __________________.
When people see my work, I’d like them to _________________.

Nancy and Debra display images from their photo series: