The Impact of the Arts and Sciences on Photography (55+)
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA Monday mornings, October 30 - December 4, 2017
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
The Impact of the Arts and Sciences on Photography will be a Monday morning lecture series where photographers and beholders of photography alike can learn from and be inspired by both traditional and modern academic subjects. This course will explore and demonstrate how even a passing awareness of the “sciences” of human vision and a basic understanding of the visual “arts” can enhance the pursuit of image making and appreciation.
The course is designed to be an enjoyable learning experience. Together, we will discover a wide variety of modern principles of digital photography that are directly inspired by an examination and exploration of academic subjects such as neuroscience, neuro-aesthetics, neurobiology, optics, architecture, painting, and cinematography.
Whether you are a newbie to photography, an avid enthusiast, a professional, a fine art photographer, or want to be a better “beholder” of photography, you will benefit from the creative notions presented.
5 Monday morning lectures over a 6 week period from October 30th through December 4th of this year will cover the following topics:
Week 1: Big Picture Impacts of the Arts and Sciences
We will review a variety of academic subjects and suggest how they influence a modern attitude toward digital imaging. The illustrated presentation will define principles of photography that form the foundation for a sophisticated, yet understandable, approach to making and viewing photographs.
Week 2: Featured Sciences
We will consider and postulate how selected principles of photography are directly inspired by relatively recent knowledge gained from advances in neuroscience, neuro-aesthetics and neurobiology. Considering how we actually see and perceive will impact upon how you create and view images.
Week 3: Historical Academic Impacts
We will explore theories of how the science of optics influenced painting and an understanding of “light.” We will also explore the impacts of mathematics on our understanding of perspective, balance and proportion.
Week 4: Featured Arts
We will consider and postulate how selected principles of photography are directly inspired by the arts of architecture, painting and cinematography. In particular, we will consider the notion of translating a three-dimensional world on to a two-dimensional canvas, screen or print.
Week 5: The Impacts of Specialized Computer Software
We will consider contemporary impacts of computer science on expanding the dynamic range of recorded images along with panorama and immersive photography. We will discuss how an understanding of these genres can be beneficial to traditional still-image photographers.
The course will be formally announced in early July 2017 and registration is scheduled to begin at 10:00am on the morning of July 26th.