Quote to remember …

“I am not intending to create art but rather to create a profound human communication … I suppose sometimes it might become art. It’s not my reason for being a photographer. I am a photographer for the mass media first and foremost. I take pictures to create public awareness and from consciousness grows conscience.”

James Nachtwey

Quote to remember …

“Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.”

W. Eugene Smith

Example 3: Posting assignments, multiple pics/gallery view

Example 2: Posting assignments, multiple pics

A host of Georgia Southern defenders stand up The Citadel running back Darien Robinson at the line-of-scrimmage on a third quarter run at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Ga. on Saturday, November 5, 2011. (Scott Bryant/JOUR3333).

Georgia Southern linebacker Darius Eubanks, left, hangs on to The Citadel running back Vandyke Jones for a tackle in the backfield to force the Bulldogs to punt from the end zone in the third quarter at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Ga. on Saturday, November 5, 2011. (Scott Bryant/JOUR3333)

Georgia Southern slotback Johnathan Bryan (23) hauls in a 35-yard Jaybo pass against The Citadel to set up first-and-ten at the one-yard-line in the third quarter at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Ga. on Saturday, November 5, 2011. The Eagles turned the ball over on a fumble on the next play. (Scott Bryant/JOUR3333)

Georgia Southern fullback Robert Brown (5) cuts up the middle for a 12-yard run against The Citadel in the first quarter at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Ga. on Saturday, November 5, 2011. (Scott Bryant/JOUR3333

Example 1: Posting assignments, single photo

ATLANTA BALLET

Carrie Petrak, 16, of Augusta, Ga. performs a jete leap in the atrium of Georgia Southern University's Performing Arts Center in Statesboro, Ga. while participating in the Atlanta Ballet's Summer Intensive on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. (Scott Bryant/JOUR3333)

The beginning: Visual Literacy

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Society is inundated with images every day.

In modern society, we are inundated, literally bombarded with photographs every day, but few of us really understand the language of photography.

As a culture, we tend to look at photographs casually, not critically. We study literature and all kinds of writing and learn how to critique words and authors, striving to understand their methods and their intent. We do the same with classic art — painting, sculpture, etc. However, we rarely approach modern visual mediums with the same critical eye. The internet has run amok with trite photographs and third-rate videos, yet we are still fascinated to see the world for ourselves through the eyes of others, regardless of the quality. The lines have become increasingly burred between journalism and self-expression. How do we make sense of it all?

As more and more of the information we take in about the world comes to us through images, the concept of Visual Literacy becomes more and more important. Visual literacy enables people to navigate images, make sense of them, understand their messages, and make informed decisions about life — economically, politically, ethically, and spiritually.

The keys to visual literacy are:

  1. Knowing the abilities, strengths and weakness of particular visual mediums to communicate, and
  2. Understanding the process of using visual mediums to communicate.

The focus of this course is to become literate in the language and process of using still photographs to communicate.