The primary focus of this course is to teach students how to explore the world photographically in a direct and spontaneous way. The emphasis will be on the creation of a unique and personal way of seeing. You will be encouraged to photograph beyond the limits of appearance and subject matter, and concentrate on design and structure. We will be looking at the work of noted abstract painters for inspiration, and weekly assignments will be structured to encourage you to seek ways of presenting the abstract and non-objective elements of their work rather than photographing straightforward subject matter. Photo manipulation will be introduced as a useful tool; however, this will not be the main thrust of the class, which will focus on developing your skill at digital photography as an art form. You will want a USB travel drive (or "flash drive") to bring your work to class. You are urged to bring a few of your favorite photos to the first class as a fun way to introduce yourselves. Because of the time needed to view and analyze everyone's work properly, class size is limited to 10.