Fall 2004

ARTS 624
Connecticut State Parks: A Collaborative Photographic Project

Belanger,Marion

09/13/2004 - 12/18/2004
Thursday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Judd Hall 113

Using film or digital still cameras, students will spend the semester making pictures at Connecticut State Parks. Students should come to class with a specific park or group of parks in mind, and should have a sense of their interest around the theme of park, such as: portraits of those who utilize the park; the park as landscape; conceptually based work in which the idea of park is explored; or collage. Subject matter will vary with the specific interest of each student. In addition to class time, students will work individually in a location of their choice.

The entire class will produce a final project. For this, students will choose one or two of their strongest photographs from the term to contribute to a class portfolio. Students will collaboratively design the portfolio, and will print enough copies of their photographs so each student will be able to take home a copy of this limited edition portfolio. Collaborative portfolio work may be possible; examples of such works include "Wave Hill Pictured: Celebration of a Garden," "A City Seen," and the books by Wendy Ewald and the children she teaches.

The entire class will produce a final project. For this, students will choose one or two of their strongest photographs from the term to contribute to a class portfolio. Students will collaboratively design the portfolio, and will print enough copies of their photographs so each student will be able to take home a copy of this limited edition portfolio. Collaborative portfolio work may be possible; examples of such works include "Wave Hill Pictured: Celebration of a Garden," "A City Seen," and the books by Wendy Ewald and the children she teaches.

Students will be responsible for keeping a journal, for class participation, and for producing two rolls of film or the equivalent per week. A final portfolio of 10 images is due for the final class.

At least one class meeting will be held offsite.A previous photography course is required for this course. Students must have at minimum either a 35mm camera that includes manual controls, or a high-quality digital camera that has manual controls. Additional course fee (for printing costs): $50.


Marion Belanger (B.F.A. Alfred University; M.F.A. Yale University) is a widely exhibited photographer whose current projects focus on visualizing ecology. Her photographs were recently shown in the main terminal of the Tampa International Airport, and in Germany as a part of Contemporary American Photography, 7. Internationale Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen. She has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and from the Connecticut Commission Culture & Tourism. Her book Everglades: Outside and Within, was published by Center for American Places at Columbia College in 2009. View her work at www.marionbelanger.com.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Joseph Leary, A SHARED LANDSCAPE. This text can be purchased at http://www.friendsctstateparks.org

READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323

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