Photo II VCPH 1261

Instructor: Steven Mastroianni

Field Trip: American Vesuvius: The Aftermath of Mount St. Helens by Frank Gohlke and Emmet Gowin at CMA
"Like other extreme places, Mount St. Helens inspires revelations, not all of them comforting. It is hard to sustain a belief in the centrality of the human adventure in the face of such overwhelming power and manifest indifference. But if one’s place in the world seems diminished in importance as a result, the universe itself seems a much more interesting place to be." " Frank Gohlke, "Mount St. Helens: Photographer's Notes" 2005. Study Questions: 1. Compare the work of Gohlke and Gowin in the exhibit. How do they approach the subject of Mt. St Helen’s and the aftermath of the eruption? What is common in their approach? What is different? Discuss in Swarkowski’s terms of the Detail, the Frame, Time, and Vantage Point. 2. View landscape paintings in nearby galleries 219 and 220 by Gustave Courbet, Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, Philipp Hackert, among others. How is the landscape rendered differently/similarly to the Vesuvius exhibit? What is the point of view? What is the “message”? 3. Research work by Ansel Adams online or at the library; compare and contrast the landscape as rendered by Adams to Gohlke and Gowin. (Look at images such as Clearing Winter Storm 1942, Clearing Storm Sonoma, Tetons and Snake River, etc.) 4. With the aesthetic considerations you considered in question #1, create two or three landscape images on your own utilizing those aesthetics and concerns. The subject, or spectum is up to you, there are no volcanos in the vicinity, obviously, but the landscape is everywhere. Please answer the study questions in brief essay form; and submit electronically to the Student Drop folder, along with your related images, by the start of class (6PM) on February 6. A copy of this document will be available in the class folder.

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