a visual studies course by Coy Howard
This seminar was constructed of four parts. The first three sections were about mastering three schools of photography: The Trivial Familiar, Transient Presence, and Decisive Moment. The fourth section was a video composition containing one or all of the themes explored during the weeks of the photography.
The Trivial Familiar photographs an object with intentions to give the object a sense of universality / bigger-than-life quality.
Transient Presence photographs attempt to capture a higher being or ghostly presence in a photograph of an unassuming situation or context.
Decisive Moment photograph captures a moment where a story full of depth can be unraveled through the photograph.
The video titled “Bottles” is an attempt to defamiliarize a familiar object (a bottle) and create a new narrative and visual perception of the object.