What is your Aesthetic?

Aesthetics is the study of beauty.  Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines aesthetics also esthetics\ es-​ˈthe-​tiks , is-​ , British usually  ēs-​ \ plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty, art, and taste and with the creation and appreciation of beauty.

Thinking about this form of philosophy what is your aesthetic?

As the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  What is beauty to you?  How would you visually define it?  Looking at the opposite of beauty, what is non-aesthetically pleasing to you?  If you could only visually describe it, what would you photograph.  For this project, students will explore the ugliness and beauty of the world.

Ground rules:  Be Kind, be respectful, and thoughtful!  You can have fun with this, but be serious with your content. 


Read the article on Aesthetics: https://digital-photography-school.com/how-aesthetic-differs-style-why-it-matters/

Journal about your own Aesthetics and Style. Maybe you don’t have them yet, but look over your photos from last semester and begin to develop your style and aesthetics.

In Google Docs, write your name, date, and assignment on the top of the page.

What is beauty to you? Give an example of beautiful images and explain what makes them aesthetically pleasing. Find an image that is not aesthetically interesting, and explain why. Lots of details.

Looking at your images, where is your voice in your work last semester?

Referring to the article, how do you shoot?

Then, look for a photographer that you feel has a style that looks similar to yours (or what you what your style to be). Share two examples of her photographs, name, type of photography, and explain what you would like to photograph in this semester.


Take a two full contact sheets of photos using the digital SLR camera.  20 images at least.  Make use to set the camera to a manual setting. Practice using the aperture and shutter speed on the camera.  Get close-ups and far away.  Push your point of view!

  • 10 images will be graded, they must be in a folder labeled “final 10 images style and aesthetics” and  all images must be on template with name and title.  Be thoughtful of your title.
  • At least two contact sheet of 20 images.
  •  Top 6 images will be printed. They will be on Templates and placed in plastic sleeves in your binder.
  • All images will be placed in a folder on the server called Your Name_aesthetics_assignment.
  • All images for grade should be placed on template.