Taking a novel approach to image making—destroying and generating images, losing and regaining color, creating dreamlike beings—this course requires no expensive devices, but students are asked to bring their favorite camera and an ordinary laptop to class. Free, open-source programs for Windows, Linux and Mac are used for both photography and videography.
Starting with an overview and introduction to photographic techniques, photographic collage is examined along with superimposing and multi-directional photography using prisms, cubes, and lenses. The sessions then take off into photographic choreography, color manipulation, the use of an oscilloscope in video work, and the fun of destroying pictures—using scratching, shredding, dissolving, and many other means of destruction—and then bringing the images back together again in an entirely different way. Creating figurative videos consisting only of noise completes an already multilayered course of study.