visual practices of viewing

This gallery was created to help the basic learner apply their  knowledge of visual culture. These images have been selected to help create a cornerstone from which to build your own foundation of visual concepts.

This image demonstrates how important visual culture is to help create meaning. Both people appear gazing at each other, lit lamp in the background sets an intimate atmosphere. Depth is created by images appearing larger in the front thus drawing the viewer in. Soft colors and gentle lines also contribute to a more gentle feel.
This image is to help broaden your view of visual culture. Look around you, what do you see-what do you really see? Visual culture is all around us. What is known as graffiti to some, can be interpreted as art to others and can have a much deeper meaning. This mural was created on a wall in Italy and the young girl can be seen gazing upon the entrance of the building or is she watching the sail boat float away? Perhaps this artist created this image to attract customers into the building?
This image demonstrates linear perspective by using vanishing points along the shore line and water. Images appear larger in front and the smaller in the back of the image to help interpellate the viewer to believing they are also at the beach.
This image depicts Cubism as there are elements of realism and different ways of using space, objects, horizontal and vertical lines creating new ways of looking. Guitars and violins can be viewed from different angles which challenges a new way of viewing.
Visual culture helps us make meaning by providing historical documentation of a certain period in time. The title, "The Harvesters" provides evidence to the viewer what time of year this image portrays and the lack of automated tools, types of clothing and style of housing all help us determine a certain period of time.
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This user gallery has been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
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