“visual environments” and how “no visual object exists in isolation.
The textbook points out “visual environments” and how “no visual object exists in isolation. Instead, when we see something, we also see what is around it, what it reminds us of that came before, other memories of things we have seen or once heard of.” Also, as discussed there is a negotiation between the individual interpretation and the collective vision as well as the creator and the viewer.
This assignment contains several images, pick three to write about.
Examine three of the images below and write about what is seen individually and what the collective vision might be. Also, indicate if there is a difference between the two interpretations. Be sure not to simply describe the pictures, but rather indicate what is “seen” and in what “way it is seen” (think about how iconography shapes seeing). Try to explore the “visual language” of “how people are shaped and policed through visual culture.” Remembering that “visual culture is never neutral.” In short, how do these images reinforce or challenge ideas and culture?
Use MS Word or a shared Google doc. and upload your essay to the assignment.
The essay should be between 500-650 words. This is not simply an opinion essay (I think, I believe). Rather, students should examine the images with the course materials in mind. Also, students need to use course material to support their positions and comments. First-person (I think, I believe) and impersonal references (such as, you know, we can tell) should be avoided. All written assignments and discussions should follow the rules of standard grammar, spelling punctuation, and citation (MLA or Chicago). Although this is a visual culture class, not an English class, learning to write fluently and coherently is an important part of your college education and will provide you with transferable skills you can use in the workplace after graduation.