Field Studies

This course was an advanced photography studio in which students brought their artistic practice to bear on the problem of understanding and appreciating Place. Ranging from personal places that reflect the circuits within which one acts and belongs to places newly encountered – be it a cityscape, industrial ruins or a forest. In this class, students explored how a mental geography of place could be expressed in artistic terms. Through readings, screenings, discussions, and creative assignments, students developed their ability and confidence to articulate an artistic vision of place. The course followed an arch starting from an exploration of places close by (the personal) to those further afield.